Businesses are facing IT and data management challenges unlike those they've ever experienced. Big data and the globalization of the business landscape, coupled with increased time-to-market pressures and budget restrictions, have resulted in ad hoc infrastructure build outs and high levels of complexity. This hampers the IT organization's ability to function efficiently. The cloud has become a perceived panacea for all these problems, but the journey to the cloud isn't one that should be undertaken lightly. There are many potential pitfalls along the road, the most prominent of which is security.