Security concerns over the cloud still remain (despite rising adoption)

Security concerns over the cloud still remain (despite rising adoption)

Security remains the biggest barrier to the deployment of the cloud, although adoption rates for such technology have continued to rise.

That is the main finding of the first ever LinkedIn Cloud Security Spotlight report, released by CloudPassage.

The survey was issued to 250,000 members of LinkedIn's Information Security Group.

It found that 71 per cent of respondents are investing in cloud infrastructure, while 77 per cent had invested in public cloud services and another 71 per cent said they had invested in hybrid cloud models.

However, security remains a huge issue, with the vast majority (90 per cent) indicating they have moderate to severe security concerns regarding their cloud deployments.

Some 65 per cent also said they thought moving the security focus away from the perimeter, is at least somewhat effective.

Holger Schulze, group founder of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn, said: "This cloud survey represents a first glimpse into exactly what types of concerns are keeping security professionals up at night."

"It's clear from the survey results that a vast majority of organisations are investing aggressively in cloud computing technologies, while at the same time, have not figured out the complete security model to give them continuous, consistent protection in these environments."

The cloud has long been seen as a way for organisations to reduce IT costs and increase flexibility and agility, meaning that overcoming security issues could have a number of benefits to productivity and a company's bottom line.

However, many security professionals clear still need to ensure they have the right processes in place to ensure that data remains secure.