Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who’s Watching Security?

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A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.

France, Spain, and Canada are among the world’s leaders in the average number of cloud services companies are using. That number is 48 in Spain and Germany, and 46 in Canada. But by far the world leader is Brazil, where the average number of cloud services adopted is 55.

The United States, where the cloud was invented, lags with an average of 44 services. The countries where companies had implemented the fewest cloud services were Germany, 38; Australia, 37; and Great Britain, 29.

This data is according to a worldwide survey sponsored by Intel Security and its subsidiary McAfee. The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent technology market researcher, which conducted 1,200 interviews with IT leaders in June 2015 to compile the report, “Blue Skies Ahead? The State Of Cloud Adoption.”

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The Cloud Security Alliance was an adviser on the survey’s formulation.

The cloud services allowed in the study include different forms of private cloud, hybrid cloud, and the various forms of public cloud: software-as-a-service (SaaS), such as Salesforce and Workday; infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services; platform-as-a-service (PaaS), such as Google App Engine and IBM Bluemix; and security-as-a-service, such as HyTrust and Verizon.

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The growing number of services used reflects another fundamental trend: Enterprise IT managers still don’t fully trust the cloud, but they trust it more than they used to. Asked if their organization trusts the cloud more now than it did a year ago, 3% said no, 20% said they didn’t know, and 77% said yes.

And there’s still plenty of skepticism: 37% said they trust their own private cloud, while just 13% trust the public cloud. “The public cloud is the least trusted model,” the report noted.

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The shortage of trust in the cloud appears to be on a collision course with adoption of cloud use. The survey revealed a high expectation for cloud adoption by companies all over the world over the 12 to 18 months.

Asked how soon they’ll hit a level of 80% reliance on cloud operations, companies in the US, Canada, and Spain said within 14 months. In France, the average expectation was 16 months; in Germany, 18 months. Again, the country to show up on the slow adoption end of the scale was Great Britain, at 28 months. The shortest time period expected was Brazil’s 12 months, followed by Australia’s 11 months.

All of the time periods were so short that two contributors to the report, Intel’s EMEA CTO for Intel Security, Raj Samani, and Jim Reavis, CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance, said of the 12-to-18-month time period “some people refer to this as a tipping point in IT.

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