Investment Levels Support Value of Security
The IT professionals we surveyed recognized the importance of
security across delivery models and for both internal and external
implementations. They back up their concern with a high level of
investment in security as part of the overall investment in cloud
initiatives. For example, when averaged across our sample group,
almost half (mean equals 48 percent) of the investment in cloud
initiatives is related to security.
Bad News Taken in Stride
We were curious about whether high-profile security breaches
reported in the news had any impact on cloud decision making.
When asked to recall recent newsworthy breaches or attacks, one-
quarter (24 percent) mention the high-profile public security breach
of the Sony* PlayStation* Network. Nevertheless, most (70 percent)
say the breaches they recall have no impact on their decision to
move forward with cloud initiatives.
One-third (30 percent) are on hold while they deepen their
evaluation of their security plans and controls.
Unaided Recall of Security (n=200)
Impact of Security Breaches (n=79)
24%Sony/PlayStation* Network8%Citibank/Citigroup6%Banking/credit card institutions4%Government branches4%Nintendo2%Bank of America2%Google2%Trojan/spyware attacks2%Personal info/identity theft2%Amazon2%NPR/PBS30%
How have these recent breaches/attacks impacted
your plans to pursue cloud initiatives?
What recent high-profile breaches/attacks have you
heard about on the news or in trade publications?
Why don’t these high-profile breaches cause more anxiety? The allure of cloud computing is very powerful these days. It may be that cloud
computing is seen as so strategically important that IT professionals are willing to move forward with a thoughtful, risk-based approach.