Intel report reveals ‘critical’ need for improved trust to advance cloud adoption

Gaining the trust of businesses and consumers is key to growing cloud adoption across the globe, a new Intel report has found.

The Intel Security ‘Blue Skies Ahead? The State of Cloud Adoption‘ report has revealed cloud adoption trends and attitudes from IT professionals worldwide.

Survey respondents said they trust the cloud more than ever before, with 77 per cent noting more trust in the cloud than a year ago.

However, just 13 percent completely trust public cloud providers to secure sensitive data. 

72 per cent of those surveyed point to compliance as the biggest concern with cloud adoption.

Only 34 per cent of surveyed IT professionals believe C-level executives and senior management understand security risks of the cloud.

Intel says these findings show that improved trust and security are critical to encouraging continued adoption of the cloud.

“This is a new era for cloud providers,” said Raj Samani, chief technology officer at 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 realizing the benefits that cloud computing can truly offer.”

The survey also found that in the next 16 months, 80 per cent of respondent IT budgets will be dedicated to cloud computing.

Survey results also highlight:

  • A majority of organizations are planning on investing in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) (81 per cent), closely followed by security-as-a-service (79 per cent), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) (69 per cent), and lastly software-as-a-service (SaaS) (60 per cent).
  • More than one in five respondents expressed their main concern around using SaaS is having a data security incident, and correspondingly, data breaches were a top concern for IaaS and private clouds.
  • Results found that less than a quarter (23 per cent) of enterprises are aware of data breaches with their cloud service providers.
  • Despite IT departments’ activity to cull shadow IT activity, 52 per cent of the lines of business still expect IT to secure their unauthorised department-sourced cloud services. 

“The cloud is the future for businesses, governments and consumers,” said Jim Reavis, chief executive officer of the Cloud Security Alliance.

“Security vendors and cloud providers must arm customers with education and tools, and cultivate strong relationships built on trust, in order to continue the adoption of cloud computing platforms. Only then can we completely benefit from the advantages of the cloud.”

The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne, interviewed 1,200 IT decision makers with influence over their organization’s cloud security in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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