Security Concerns Limit Cloud Technologies
Netwrix Corporation conducted a survey on cloud security, interviewing more than 600 IT professionals around the world. These professionals cater to various tech, healthcare, finance and government sectors of industry. IT professionals amongst other sectors were also surveyed, answering questions on cloud security as a whole, in addition to the “expectation from cloud providers and the measures being taken to ensure data security.”
As convenient, efficient and cost-effective as cloud technology is, 13 percent of overall organizations reject the adoption of cloud technology in the future. Of those 30 percent , there are many professionals moved to reconsider this decision pending improvements in cloud security mechanisms. On the other end of the spectrum, 71 percent of all enterprises perceive continuous auditing of cloud infrastructure “very important” in guaranteeing the security of data and ensuring data integrity “in the cloud.” These professionals have adopted this technology and understand the necessary monitoring of cloud security in protecting valuable and proprietary information, on behalf of their employer.
"We wanted to find out the exact reasons that prevent companies from cloud adoption and taking advantage of all the benefits it offers," states Alex Vovk, CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrix. "The survey revealed the interesting fact that even though the cloud is not a new technology, the cloud market has a good potential to grow further. Advanced security solutions and true visibility into what is going on across the cloud infrastructure will help companies minimize security risks, take back control over business-critical assets and accelerate cloud adoption."
Further insight reveals that while 6 percent of the surveyed professionals are most concerned with the security when “migrating to the cloud,” as much as 40 percent are actually concerned with the loss of physical control over the data. They prefer storing sensitive data in-house. Therefore, total adoption of cloud-technologies is limited, as many are merely integrating them into their current infrastructure for remote accessibility, communications and collaboration. Only 37 percent of businesses are prepared to invest in additional security. Thus, a hybrid cloud model is preferred; 44 percent of respondents admit to this and only half of the respondents are even planning on improving their own security for identity and authentic management, utilizing encryption or establishing auditing changes and user activity.
Providing these statistics to the IT world will allow Netwrix to better serve the 150,000 IT departments relying on Netwrix for increased efficiency of IT operations and through infrastructure audits of changes and data access. These companies also rely on Netwrix’s ability to prepare compliance reports on their behalf. Award-winning and highly-favored amongst some of the world’s top corporations, Netwrix continues to provide accurate data to the businesses associated with the company’s long list of clientele.
Edited by Kyle Piscioniere