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Businesses need educating in cloud security, report finds

There is a 'c-level blindspot' when it comes to cloud security, according to a new report from Intel. Channel... to the rescue!

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.”



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Except for rare exceptions, the C-level has become obsessed with extracting ever more profits over anything else. Building a secure infrastructure has never been an obvious profit item. At least not in the short term. But someone really needs to start thinking about the short term soon before there is no long term.....
Problem is with so much hacking going on. Average individual is not sure when the vital information is true without somewhere to get real feedback it turns into a guessing situation. Most mature individuals would never create an enormous negative outcome to harm the hand that feeds them. Loyality and trust goes into the work. The individual finds out what they have done, how do you think they feel. I can tell you terrible.. However, with lack of better understanding of how are or who is high priority. This is how and why these impacts happen. Now, when and if you know someone is mature enough to handle reality of the Business understanding. They need understanding and can handle it without refusing to move toward the Business goal to accomplish. Without this knowledge are feelings of what is real and what is not. Hope this helps to shed a little light on a clear based knowledge and their critical need to know and understand. Sincerely.
I’ve seen that there is a c-level blind spot with respect ot pretty much any information security. I’ve also seen that it’s not intentional, it’s more that they haven’t been approached about what it is and how to address it. Once they are approached, I’ve seen them become very vocal and active advocates for information security, whether cloud or on-prem.