Report reveals critical need for improved trust to advance cloud adoption

New research has revealed that a lack of trust in cloud technology is holding back its adoption.

Intel Security’s global Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption report, says that while 77 per cent of respondents trust cloud computing more than a year ago, just 13 per cent completely trust public cloud providers to secure sensitive data.

This is despite the study finding that in the next 16 months, 80 per cent of respondent IT budgets will be dedicated to cloud computing.

The survey results also discovered:

  • Cloud Investment Trends: A majority of organisations are planning on investing in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) (81 per cent), closely followed by security-as-a-service (79 per cent), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) (69 per cent), and lastly software-as-a-service (SaaS) (60 per cent).
  • Security and Compliance: A majority of respondents (72 per cent) list compliance as the primary concern across all types of cloud deployments, and only 13 per cent of respondents noted knowing whether or not their organisations stored sensitive data in the cloud.
  • Security Risks and the Cloud: Perception and Reality: More than one in five respondents expressed their main concern around using SaaS is having a data security incident, and correspondingly, data breaches were a top concern for IaaS and private clouds. On the contrary, results found that less than a quarter (23 per cent) of enterprises are aware of data breaches with their cloud service providers.
  • The C-Suite Blind Spot: High-profile data breaches with major financial and reputational consequences have made data security a top-of-mind concern for C-level executives, however many respondents feel there is still a need for more education and increased awareness and understanding of risks associated with storing sensitive data in the cloud. Only one-third (34 per cent) of respondents feel senior management in their organisation fully understand the security implications of the cloud.
  • Shadow IT, Risk and Opportunity: Despite IT departments’ activity to cull shadow IT activity, 52 per cent of the lines of business still expect IT to secure their unauthorised department-sourced cloud services. This lack of visibility into cloud usage due to shadow IT appears to be causing IT departments concern when it comes to security, with a majority (58 per cent) of respondents surveyed in Orchestrating Security in the Cloud noting that shadow IT has a negative impact on their ability to keep cloud services secure.
  • Security Investment: Cloud security investment varies in priorities across the different types of cloud deployment, with the top security technologies leveraged by respondents being email protection (43 per cent), Web protection (41 per cent), anti-malware (38 per cent), firewall (37 per cent), encryption and key management (34 per cent), and data loss prevention (31 per cent).

“This is a new era for cloud providers,” said Raj Samani, chief technology officer, Intel Security EMEA. “We are at the tipping point of investment and adoption, expanding rapidly as trust in cloud computing and cloud providers grows. As we enter a phase of wide-scale adoption of cloud computing to support critical applications and services, the question of trust within the cloud becomes imperative. This will become integral into realising the benefits that cloud computing can truly offer.”

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