Taking a Clear View of Cloud Risks

By Samuel Greengard
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    It's Clear About Clouds

    It's Clear About Clouds

    71% of respondents indicated that they use clouds or plan to use clouds. Only 17% said they have no plans to deploy clouds.

Over the last few years, cloud computing has moved into the mainstream of the enterprise,  emerging as a valuable tool for managing IT systems, software and data. Yet, while the technology solves many security problems, it also introduces new challenges. A recently released "Cloud Security Spotlight Report" from Cloud Research Partners sheds light on emerging issues and how enterprise business and IT leaders are coping with them. The survey of 1,000 cyber-security professionals identifies a number of key drivers and risk factors related to cloud adoption, including unauthorized access, hijacking of accounts and dealing with malicious insiders. Overall, nearly 90 percent of respondents expressed concern about security and data risk. "Cloud security is top of mind for cyber-security professionals," noted Holger Schulze, founder of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn, which partnered on the report. "The fundamental perception is that … security concerns [are] a critical barrier to faster adoption of cloud services."

This article was originally published on 2015-04-22
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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