Companies naive about necessary cloud security, study finds

Companies naive about necessary cloud security, study finds

Lots of people have been talking about the cloud recently, and for good reason: The technology is delivering major benefits to practically every industry and enterprise adoption continues to grow. But while more businesses transition to a cloud platform, many aren’t making the appropriate adjustments to their security strategies, according to a recent study by Ovum.

The report, “The Role of Security in Cloud Adoption Within the Enterprise,” found that many organizations are making dangerous assumptions about the level of security their cloud deployments come with.

“On too many occasions, security has been positioned as an afterthought when new technology initiatives have been brought to market,” wrote Ovum analyst Andrew Kellett. “Any service that includes access via public networks cannot ignore user and data protection requirements.”

The study revealed that a large number of organizations expect their cloud service providers to offer security solutions, but that is frequently not the case. According to the report, 92 percent of global enterprises have concerns about the security of their shared cloud infrastructure and 91 percent are worried about the lack of visibility into the security controls available from their service provider.

Lack of skilled security workers adding to problem
According to Ovum research, 80 percent of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, but there is a growing shortage of skilled cloud security professionals.

“This is a situation that has developed over several years and has now reached an acutely serious stage where many organizations now lack the skilled practitioners needed to maintain their own in-house operations and keep data safe,” explained Kellett.

Kellett went on to suggest that enterprises lacking the proper defense expertise turn to security specialists or managed service providers. As organizations start to migrate more workloads into the cloud, their security needs will not only change, but become more pressing. Organizations looking to secure their systems can turn to Faronics Deep Freeze Cloud to help protect enterprise endpoints and improve network security by keeping predetermined access controls and security settings in place even after a disruptive event.

When deploying the Deep Freeze program, IT decision-makers can establish the initial settings they prefer and lock them in place. If changes to the system are made for an unauthorized reason, administrators can perform a simple reboot to restore everything back to its original controls. Important user data can be saved on a secure network drive and retained across reboots, allowing business processes to continue running smoothly even during a disruption. The Deep Freeze software offers central management capabilities, allowing users to customize, deploy and manage the program on individual endpoints from a single location.

About The Author

Kate Beckham

Kate has been lighting up the blogosphere for over 5 years, with a keen interest in social media and new malware threats. When not sitting at a café behind her Mac, you’ll usually find her scouring the racks for vintage finds or playing guitar.

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