Intel Security today released Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud
, a global report advocating the need for technology vendors to
help businesses, governments and consumers understand the implications
surrounding the growing adoption of the cloud. With a majority (77
percent) of participants noting that their organizations trust cloud
computing more than a year ago, just 13 percent completely trust public
cloud providers to secure sensitive data. These findings highlight
improved trust and security are critical to encouraging continued
adoption of the cloud.
"This is a new era for cloud providers," said Raj Samani, chief
technology officer, Intel Security EMEA. "We are at the tipping point of
investment and adoption, expanding rapidly as trust in cloud computing
and cloud providers grows. As we enter a phase of wide-scale adoption of
cloud computing to support critical applications and services, the
question of trust within the cloud becomes imperative. This will become
integral into realizing the benefits that cloud computing can truly
The cloud already has a strong impact in the daily lives of many people
and businesses, with an ever-growing number of activities performed on
digital devices leveraging cloud computing in some way. The increasing
use of the cloud is underscored by our survey, which found that in the
next 16 months, 80 percent of respondent IT budgets will be dedicated to
Survey results also highlight:
- Cloud Investment Trends: A majority of organizations are planning on
investing in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) (81 percent), closely
followed by security-as-a-service (79 percent), platform-as-a-service
(PaaS) (69 percent), and lastly software-as-a-service (SaaS) (60
- Security and Compliance: A majority of respondents (72 percent) list
compliance as the primary concern across all types of cloud deployments,
and only 13 percent of respondents noted knowing whether or not their
organizations stored sensitive data in the cloud.
- Security Risks and the Cloud: Perception and Reality: More than 1 in 5
respondents expressed their main concern around using SaaS is having a
data security incident, and correspondingly, data breaches were a top
concern for IaaS and private clouds. On the contrary, results found that
less than a quarter (23 percent) of enterprises are aware of data
breaches with their cloud service providers.
- The C-Suite Blind Spot: High-profile data breaches with major
financial and reputational consequences have made data security a
top-of-mind concern for C-level executives, however many respondents
feel there is still a need for more education and increased awareness
and understanding of risks associated with storing sensitive data in the
cloud. Only one-third (34 percent) of respondents feel senior
management in their organization fully understand the security
implications of the cloud.
- Shadow IT, Risk and Opportunity: Despite IT departments' activity to
cull shadow IT activity, 52 percent of the lines of business still
expect IT to secure their unauthorized department-sourced cloud
services. This lack of visibility into cloud usage due to shadow IT
appears to be causing IT departments concern when it comes to security,
with a majority (58 percent) of respondents surveyed in Orchestrating
Security in the Cloud noting that shadow IT has a negative impact on
their ability to keep cloud services secure.
- Security Investment: Cloud security investment varies in priorities
across the different types of cloud deployment, with the top security
technologies leveraged by respondents being email protection (43
percent), Web protection (41 percent), anti-malware (38 percent),
firewall (37 percent), encryption and key management (34 percent), and
data loss prevention (31 percent).
"The cloud is the future for businesses, governments and consumers,"
said Jim Reavis, chief executive officer of the Cloud Security Alliance.
"Security vendors and cloud providers must arm customers with education
and tools, and cultivate strong relationships built on trust, in order
to continue the adoption of cloud computing platforms. Only then can we
completely benefit from the advantages of the cloud."