August 23, 2023

Security Motivations for Moving to the Cloud with Lacework's Merritt Baer

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In this episode, we dive into the realm of cloud security with Merritt Baer, Field CISO of Lacework. Together, we look at the complex tapestry of perceptions surrounding on-premises security versus the cloud, shedding light on why some still view on-prem as the safer option.

Merritt lends her expertise to dissect the trade-offs that companies face by remaining in the traditional on-premises sphere rather than embracing the potential of the cloud. We explore the security considerations unique to the cloud-native world, offering insights into what it takes to navigate this transformation securely.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just beginning your cloud journey, this episode will expand your understanding of cloud security, uncovering the pros, cons, and crucial factors to ponder when venturing into the realm of cloud computing.


  • Why do people think on-prem is more secure?
  • What are the tradeoffs a company is making when they refuse to move to the cloud?
  • What are the new challenges facing a company once they’ve moved to the cloud from a security perspective that perhaps they didn’t face in the on-prem world?
  • Does the cloud reduce or increase your security risk footprint?
  • Does the type of talent and team look different?
  • How are cloud-native security tools and platforms different from traditional on-premises security solutions?
  • How do you manage security at this kind of scale?
  • As organizations adopt multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies, how do you recommend they maintain consistent security measures across different cloud environments?
  • What are some emerging security threats in the cloud landscape, and how can organizations proactively defend against them?
  • What is keeping CISOs up at night?

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