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C-level executives and senior management don’t understand the security risks associated with cloud, according to new research from Intel.
The State of Cloud Adoption global report surveyed 1,200 IT professionals across Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the US. Only a third of respondents felt that senior management teams fully understood the security implications of cloud.
The ‘c-level blind spot was even more pronounced in the UK, where just 15% of IT professionals felt that management understood the risks; the lowest awareness levels for any of the countries involved in the survey.
While 77% of respondents said that their organisations trusted cloud computing more than a year ago, just 13% completely trusted public cloud providers to secure sensitive data. More than a fifth of respondents said data breaches were a top concern across IaaS and private clouds and 72% listed compliance as the primary concern across all types of cloud deployments.
Raj Samani, chief technology officer, Intel Security EMEA, said that improving trust was critical to encouraging continued adoption of the cloud.
“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, 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 into realising the benefits that cloud computing can truly offer.”
Stuart Taylor, Intel Security’s UK channel boss, said that the channel played a critical role in educating organisations.
“With the appropriate security in place, cloud computing can be harnessed to move businesses forward but an element of education is required, particularly as cloud security decision-making moves to the boardroom,” Taylor said.
“Our channel partners understand that businesses want reassurance that any data uploaded to or connected to public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure will be protected.”
“Our research reveals that while cloud adoption is on the increase, we must address the issue of trust in the cloud in order to ensure customers can truly make the most of this technology.”