Cloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security Concerns

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-24-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Cloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security Concerns

    Although cloud security continues to be of concern, companies are increasing storage and applications hosted in the cloud.
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    Benefits of the Cloud
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    Benefits of the Cloud

    Availability: 46%, Cost reduction: 41%, Flexible scalability: 36%
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    Cloud Investments

    20% of respondents have invested 25% of their IT infrastructure in the cloud. For 38% of organizations, cloud investments represent 15% of their overall IT infrastructure investment.
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    Barriers to Cloud Adoption

    General security risks: 53%, up 8% from last year. Legal and regulatory compliance: 42%, up 13% from last year. Data loss and leakage risks: 40%, up 1% from last year. Integration with existing IT environments: 35%, up 6% from last year. Lack of expertise: 26%, up 10% from last year.
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    Top Cloud Service Delivery
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    Top Cloud Service Delivery

    61% of organizations use SaaS models. 53% use IaaS and 39% use PaaS as their cloud service delivery models.
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    Cloud Service Providers

    Amazon AWS dominates cloud services and is used by 45% of respondents. Microsoft Windows Azure follows with 39%. The rest are as follows:VMware: 18%, Rackspace: 11%, IBM: 8%, Softlayer/IBM: 5%
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    Data Storage

    Email is the most common corporate information stored in the cloud (44%). Customer data (names, contact information) follows at 31%, sales marketing data also at 31%, and employee and payroll data at 30%.
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    Sensitive Information Storage

    Only 18% of respondents store intellectual property information in the cloud. 12% store employee health care data in the cloud.
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    Applications

    The percentage of organizations with more than half of their applications deployed in the cloud (16%) doubled since last year, when it was 8%.
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    Most Popular Apps

    The five most popular apps deployed in the cloud are: Microsoft Office 365: 41%, Salesforce: 27%, Exchange: 24%, Google Apps: 20%, Dropbox: 17%
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    Cloud Security Concerns

    91% of organizations are very or moderately concerned about public cloud security. The breakout: 44% are very concerned and 47% are moderately concerned. Despite this, adoption of cloud computing is rising.
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    Cloud Apps Vs. On-Premise Apps

    52% of respondents believe cloud apps are as secure, or more secure, than on-premise applications, up from 40% last year.
 

Cloud computing spend grew 20 percent last year, but security of critical data and systems remain key issues and barriers to adopting cloud services. As a result, cloud security concerns are rising as investment in it grows, according to a new report by Crowd Research Partners, but that's not stopping companies from using the cloud. The study, "2016 Cloud Security Spotlight Report," was sponsored by cloud security vendors Alien Vault, Bitglass, Cato Networks, CloudPassage, Dell Software, Dome9 Security, IMMUNIO, (ISC)² and Randtronics. The survey sample was 2,200 members of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn. Says Holger Schulze, founder of LinkedIn's Information Security Community, "As organizations increase investments in cloud infrastructure, they are seeking a similar level of security controls and functionality to what's available in traditional IT infrastructures. However, they are finding traditional security tools ineffective in the cloud. In a shared responsibility model, this is an opportunity for organizations to implement effective cloud security solutions to strengthen their security posture and capitalize on the promise of cloud computing." 

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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