Long-standing concerns stall, cancel cloud deployments

Although cloud computing is not necessarily new anymore, the technology is still in its infancy regarding global adoption. This was highlighted in a recent study by CipherCloud, which revealed that two-thirds of respondents said at least one cloud project had been stopped or stalled due to compliance, security, privacy or residency issues.

If an organization is considering adopting a Software, Platform and Infrastructure as a Service model, decision-makers need to evaluate the risk landscape well in advance if they want the deployment to be efficient and effective.

"Stalled or cancelled projects are costing companies millions. Many organizations are clearly deploying SaaS or cloud applications first and assessing the risk later," said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. "These delays and costs can be avoided by bringing in cloud security and privacy experts early during the architecture planning phase of any implementation."

What is impacting cloud implementations?
Approximately 66 percent of survey respondents said data security was the No. 1 issue they had with the cloud, while 56 percent said they were worried sensitive information was not stored in private areas and could be exposed.

A separate report by Unified Communications Strategies also highlighted the fact that decision-makers around the world are skeptical of cloud security but are also concerned about ownership. Small and medium-sized businesses, in particular, need to be adamant about creating a robust service-level agreement, as neglecting to claim ownership over sensitive resources can be disastrous in the long run.

CipherCloud's research echoed the data ownership concern, as 32 percent of survey respondents said they were unsure if a cloud provider could truly prevent unauthorized users from accessing and sharing mission-critical assets hosted in the virtual environment.

"The cloud is experiencing explosive growth, but the technologies to address the security threats associated with this new model had not kept pace," Kothari said.

In today's business world, avoiding the cloud is quickly becoming less of an option for companies, regardless of their size. If organizations want to remain competitive with rival firms and successfully make it through the ongoing macroeconomic crisis, they will likely need to implement the cloud sooner than later. As a result, decision-makers need to plan ahead and deploy robust security tools that will keep sensitive information protected without jeopardizing overall operations or delaying cloud installations.

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