Cloud Users’ View of Security

Two recent surveys (details below) support the driving and restraining forces related to security shown in the Force Field Analysis for Using a Public Cloud instead of an In-House Private Cloud posted a couple weeks ago. Participants in both surveys were Cloud users.

Data supporting the driving forces:

The TechInsights Report 2013: Cloud Succeeds stated that:

  • Nearly all respondents (98 percent) agree that the cloud met or exceeded their expectations for security across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
  • Nearly one-third indicated “security has been less of an issue than originally thought” when asked to share their primary reasons for success with cloud computing.

Small and Midsize Businesses Cloud Trust Study: U.S. Study Results  stated that:

  • 94 percent of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn’t have with their on-premises service, such as up-to-date systems, up-to-date antivirus protection and spam email management.

Data supporting the restraining forces:

  • The TechInsights Report 2013: Security was cited as the number one reason that an application is not moved into the cloud by nearly half of respondents (46 percent).
  • Small and Midsize Businesses Cloud Trust Study: 60 percent of SMBs that do not use the cloud cited concerns around data security as an inhibitor to adoption.

This data supports that the driving forces related to security are strong, yet the related restraining force still exists. The restraining force is shown as diminishing in the Force Field Analysis in the prior post. Obviously, I expect the percentage of survey participants citing security concerns to decline in future surveys.

Both reports have additional information on using the Cloud.

The TechInsights Report 2013: Cloud Succeeds, May 2013.  CA Technologies commissioned survey, conducted by Luth Research in the U.S. and Vanson Bourne in Europe.  The sample included 542 IT leaders in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Benelux. The survey was conducted in December 2012 for the U.S. and in January 2013 for Europe. It is not clear if survey participants were aware of CA Technologies’ connection with the research. The survey participants were from companies with annual 2011 revenues of $500 million or more that had implemented IaaS, PaaS or SaaS for a minimum of one year. Sampling error was not reported.

Small and Midsize Businesses Cloud Trust Study: U.S. Study Results, June 2013. Microsoft Trustworthy Computing commissioned survey, conducted by comScore, Inc. The sample focused on small and midsize businesses (SMBs) (defined as companies with between 25 and 499 PCs) in France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Only the U.S. results are reported here. There were 106 U.S. Cloud users and 105 U.S. nonCloud users in the sample. The time period was not reported for when of the survey was conducted. Survey participants were not aware of Microsoft Corporation’s connection with the research. Survey participants were not qualified in terms of the cloud vendor, products or services they use. Sampling error for U.S. Cloud users is  +/- 9.5 percent and for U.S. nonCloud users is +/- 9.6 percent.

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