Some 70% of IT professionals see security as top cloud concern

Some 70% of IT professionals see security as top cloud concern [Image: turk_stock_photographer via iStock]

A recent survey by security software firm Netwrix has revealed that in 2016, the security and privacy of data and systems remains the top concern about cloud technology for organisations worldwide, with 70 per cent of those surveyed confirming this is the case.

Surveying 660 IT professionals across more than 30 industries, Netwrix found that even though cloud providers prioritise security and that, in many cases, they provide higher levels of security than on-premises infrastructures, cloud computing does introduce new risks.

These include third-party access to systems and data, unauthorised access by employees, increasingly sophisticated attackers, and lack of visibility into what is happening to data in the cloud.

According to the ‘2016 Cloud Security Report’, unauthorised access (69 per cent), malware (37 per cent) and denial of service (34 per cent) are the top three security concerns associated with the cloud this year. The firm revealed that 95 per cent of organisations consider visibility into user activities in the cloud to be an important element in a cloud provider’s security guarantees.

It was also found that the number of cloud users has grown from 43 per cent of surveyed organisations in 2015 to 68 per cent this year.

The most popular cloud models for existing and future users remain Software as a Service (SaaS), with 73 per cent of companies using it and 50 per cent planning to use it. Meanwhile, a total of 34 per cent of organisations use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), while 41 per cent plan to use it.

Netwrix said that among organisations that plan to migrate to the cloud, there is an increasing tendency to adopt a hybrid cloud model, with 55 per cent of those surveyed planning to use one, while interest in the public cloud has significantly weakened, with 21 per cent currently using it and only nine per cent planning to.