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Intel encourages organisations to trust the cloud

Report shows majority of IT budgets will focus on cloud adoption but education is still required

Intel encourages organisations to trust the cloud
Intel Security's Raj Samani: "We are at the tipping point of investment and adoption is expanding rapidly as trust in cloud computing and cloud providers grows."

Intel Security released its "Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption" report and found technology vendors must help businesses, governments and consumers understand cloud adoption.

The report highlighted improved trust and security are critical to encouraging cloud adoption, and also revealed 77% of participants noted that their organisations trust cloud computing more compared to a year ago, but only 13% completely trust public cloud providers to secure sensitive data.

"This is a new era for cloud providers," said Raj Samani, chief technology officer, Intel Security EMEA. "We are at the tipping point of investment and adoption is expanding rapidly as trust in cloud computing and cloud providers grows. As we enter a phase of wide-scale adoption of cloud computing to support critical applications and services, the question of trust within the cloud becomes imperative. This will become integral to realising the benefits that cloud computing can truly offer."

As cloud continues to have a strong impact in the daily lives of individuals and businesses due to the rise in digital services, it is not surprising that the report revealed that in the next 16 months, 80% of IT budgets will be dedicated to cloud computing.

The report also found 81% of organisations are planning on investing in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), followed by 79% investing in security-as-a-service, 69% investing in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and lastly 60% investing in software-as-a-service (SaaS).

The majority of respondents, 72%, list compliance as the primary concern across all types of cloud deployments, and only 13% of respondents noted knowing whether or not their organisations stored sensitive data in the cloud. More than 1 in 5 respondents expressed that their main concern around using SaaS is having a data security incident, and correspondingly, data breaches were a top concern for IaaS and private clouds. On the contrary, results found 23% of enterprises are aware of data breaches with their cloud service providers.

High-profile data breaches with major financial and reputational consequences have made data security a top concern for C-level executives, however many respondents feel there is still a need for more education and increased  awareness and understanding of risks associated with storing sensitive data in the cloud. Only 34% of respondents feel senior management in their organisation fully understand the security implications of the cloud.

Cloud security investment varies in priorities across the different types of cloud deployment, with the top security technologies leveraged by respondents being email protection (43%), Web protection (41%), anti-malware (38%), firewall (37%), encryption and key management (34%), and data loss prevention (31%).

"The cloud is the future for businesses, governments and consumers," said Jim Reavis, chief executive officer of the Cloud Security Alliance. "Security vendors and cloud providers must arm customers with education and tools, and cultivate strong relationships built on trust, in order to continue the adoption of cloud computing platforms. Only then can we completely benefit from the advantages of the cloud."

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