BYOD, Data Control Cited as Top Cloud Security Inhibitors
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), data control and potential data loss are three main concerns identified by IT experts as the greatest inhibitors to the cloud, a survey conducted by AccelOps last month showed. Other concerns following closely behind are enforcing security policies and ensuring visibility across cloud and traditional platforms.
According to the collected data, 65% of organizations use cloud services – 29% use hybrid clouds, 19% rely on private infrastructures and 17% deploy public cloud services – 35% do not use cloud at all. Only 46% of the responders have moved data and mission critical applications outside of the enterprise, the survey showed.
The survey looked at how IT professionals deploy cloud services and how the existing monitoring and security tools meet the cloud security challenges. A total 176 security IT professionals participated in the survey and the responses were gathered online and from visitors to the RSA Conference, which took place in February in San Francisco.
Given their concerns and the fact that less than a half of the IT professionals using cloud services have deployed a hybrid model, there is definitely the need for a unified platform that can identify security threats and monitor IT operations across private, public and traditional infrastructures.
Flint Brenton, President and CEO of AccelOps commented that there is still much to be done to ensure that data loss and security threats associated with cloud services are minimized. The ever-changing BYOD environment and the multiple cloud platforms mean that access to sensitive resources can no longer be locked down.
The survey showed further that the responsibility for cloud security remains within the organization’s IT staff in 78% of the cases and only 13% of the respondents hold their service providers responsible.
While 41% of the surveyed said that they are neither dissatisfied nor satisfied with their Service Level Agreements, 40% are moderately satisfied and 11% are extremely pleased with the services delivered by their cloud providers.
The report confirms that organizations must keep responsibility for their data regardless of the underlying processes and security implemented by the provider. Therefore cloud service providers and users need a shared view of the service performance and a better visibility into the cloud resources to improve satisfaction.
The promise of cloud computing is to deliver better efficiency, improve agility and cut costs, yet organizations will not benefit fully from the advantages of the cloud services if risk cannot be managed and data effectively secured.