Why Cloud Security Remains Top Concern of IT Professionals

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-07
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Cloud Security Remains Top Concern of IT Professionals

    While most companies are moving to the cloud, security remains a concern. Here's a look at where IT professionals stand on cloud computing.
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    IT Professionals Are Clear About Cloud Migration Best Practices
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    IT Professionals Are Clear About Cloud Migration Best Practices

    When it comes to cloud adoption, IT professionals follow a familiar script. According to the data collected from Netwrix, 66 percent of respondents say they'll only move to the cloud if they have a "well-defined architecture for security." IT professionals said companies should also start with pilot testing, understand the needs of end users and ultimately define a cloud migration's scope before taking the leap.
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    Security an Ongoing Concern
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    Security an Ongoing Concern

    There's no surprise here, but the biggest concern among IT professionals moving to the cloud is security. About two-thirds of respondents said that the security and privacy of "sensitive data" is their chief concern, followed by the possibility of the loss of physical control over data. Migration costs ranks lowest in IT professionals concerns.
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    What About Losing Control Over Data?
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    What About Losing Control Over Data?

    Losing control over data is a major factor in whether a company will choose a cloud provider, according to Netwrix. For midsize enterprises, 43 percent of respondents said that not being able to get data whenever they need it would be a deal-breaker. That number was at 36 percent for small companies. Disaster recovery effectiveness was another major concern for many IT professionals considering a move to the cloud.
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    Ranking the Security Concerns
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    Ranking the Security Concerns

    Taking a deeper dive into cloud security, Netwrix found that 69 percent of IT professionals are most concerned with unauthorized access to data stored in the cloud. More than four in 10 respondents say they're worried about account hijacking, and 36 percent say malware infiltrations can be a concern. Surprisingly, just one in four respondents say "insider misuse" is a worry.
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    Cloud Migration Still in Early Stages
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    Cloud Migration Still in Early Stages

    Cloud adoption is still a long way from being ubiquitous, data shows. The greatest number of companies, about one-third of survey respondents, say that they are still in the "discovery and evaluation" phase of cloud adoption. Just 17 percent of respondents say that they have "broad implementation" across their company. The rest of the respondents say that they are either in early trials or starting to implement adoption.
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    Why Will Companies Move to the Cloud?
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    Why Will Companies Move to the Cloud?

    When Netwrix asked midsize companies why they'd move to the cloud, 38 percent of respondents said that it was the flexibility in "resource utilization," followed closely by having data more easily accessible to employees. The cloud's cost savings and scalability also proved important. Flexibility was similarly important to large enterprises, while scalability was tops among small companies.
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    The Most Popular Cloud Service Models
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    The Most Popular Cloud Service Models

    As of this writing, nearly half of companies surveyed (45 percent) say that they are currently using software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications in the cloud. That is followed by a third of companies that are using infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and 22 percent that have opted for platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
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    The Most Popular Cloud Deployment Models
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    The Most Popular Cloud Deployment Models

    Cloud deployment is also a concern among professionals. For now, just 18 percent of companies say that they're willing to invest in a fully public cloud for their operations, compared with 37 percent of companies that have private clouds. Hybrid clouds are most popular, accounting for 44 percent of all cloud implementations, according to the IT professionals.
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    Companies Say They Will Pay Extra for Security Assurances
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    Companies Say They Will Pay Extra for Security Assurances

    In a rather surprising finding, Netwrix discovered that many companies indicate they are willing to pay an additional fee for security guarantees on the data they store in the cloud. In fact, among large enterprises, 77 percent of companies already pay, or would consider paying, for those security guarantees. That figure tops out at 84 percent among small companies and 81 percent for midsize enterprises.
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    Few Companies Aren't Moving to the Cloud
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    Few Companies Aren't Moving to the Cloud

    When it's all said and done, the vast majority of companies are at least planning to move to the cloud. Just 13 percent of companies say that they are not even considering moving at least one of their services to the cloud. This data point indicates that for the minority of companies that indicate they have no plans to use cloud services, not even the cloud's scalability or cost-savings are enough to get them to change minds about cloud services.
 

There is little doubt among IT professionals that cloud computing will be the main driver of future growth and innovation in IT. Some of the largest companies in the world, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Google and IBM, are all investing billions of dollars in cloud computing. Furthermore, a recent study showed that eight in 10 IT professionals expect to invest at least some of their company's cash in the cloud in 2016. However, a new study from Netwrix, a company that surveys IT professionals to track technology trends, shows that there is still some worry about what the future will look like. In particular, IT professionals and decision makers remain worried about security, despite the efforts of service providers to show that cloud computing can be no less secure that on-premises computing resources. This slide show focuses on data points in the Netwrix survey that indicate that security is a continuing concern of IT despite their commitment to expanding their use of cloud services. Read on to learn more from the Netwrix 2015 Cloud Security study, which is based on surveys of more than 600 IT professionals worldwide.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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