Why Cloud Security Is Still a Concern

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2017-03-03
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    Why Cloud Security Is Still a Concern

    Why Cloud Security Is Still a Concern

    Most executives said they trust public clouds and plan to use them, but many are worried about their ability to secure the cloud and protect enterprise data.

Over the past few years, clouds have drifted into the mainstream of business and technology. Today, virtually all organizations use clouds in some way, and many of them are adopting a cloud-first framework. But stormy conditions lie ahead. A February 2017 study conducted by Intel Security, "Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky: The state of cloud adoption and security," offers some intriguing insights into this evolving space, including how organizations are coping with new and dangerous cyber-security threats. Although most executives in the study trust public clouds and plan to use them for the foreseeable future, many said they have had to slow adoption due to a lack of cyber-security skills, and many admitted that they are fearful about their ability to secure the cloud and keep their enterprise data protected. These fears aren't unfounded, the report notes. A growing number of organizations have tracked malware infections to cloud applications, and many are also struggling to deal with shadow IT and other security issues. The report is based on responses from 1,400 IT security professionals from around the globe. Here's a look at key findings from the report.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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