How Do Security Issues Influence Planning for Cloud Initiatives?
Protecting data, platform, and infrastructure. The most common drivers of security plans for cloud initiative issues are related to protecting customer, vendor, and employee data (80 percent); protecting servers and other platform/infrastructure resources from attack (76 percent); and protecting financial data (72 percent). High levels of investment. The level of investment to protect these vital enterprise assets is significant. When averaged across our sample group, nearly half (48 percent) of the overall organizational investment in cloud initiatives is security related. A clear preference for deployment model. The leading deployment model today is a private cloud, utilized (or most likely to be utilized) by a little more than half (52 percent) of organizations surveyed. A hybrid cloud is preferred by 31 percent and a public cloud by 11 percent. Security drives outsourcing decisions. Security was cited as the biggest concern by 66 percent of those surveyed about outsourcing some IT to a cloud service provider. Key Finding: Protecting platform and infrastructure resources is a top concern for more than three- quarters of IT professionals. Other Key Findings from the Survey Include the Following: Implementing security is no easy task. Most report having experienced moderate (60 percent) or major (22 percent) challenges. Security concerns are similar for outsourcing. Similar to general concerns about security in the cloud, data loss and compromised platform or infrastructure assets are the biggest concerns for two-thirds (66 percent) of IT professionals when it comes to outsourcing to a cloud provider. Not surprisingly, the security capabilities and assurances offered are extremely important to 60 percent of IT professionals when making a selection. Trust in cloud service providers is mixed. Slightly more than half (54 percent) of IT professionals have some trust in the ability of their cloud service provider to secure assets in the cloud, while 43 percent have a great deal of trust. Hardware-based security provides greater assurance. A cloud service provider with additional hardware- based security measures is viewed as delivering a higher level of security by 78 percent. Minor differences by company size. In general, our data reveals no significant differences in results among the diverse range of company sizes in our survey: 100 to 499 employees, 500 to 999 employees, and 1,000-plus employees. However, of those companies with 1,000 or more employees, 24 percent are already offering cloud services, compared to 10 percent for each of the other segments. Key Finding: Nearly half of the overall organizational investment in cloud initiatives is security related when averaged across our sample group.
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