Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption

Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption

While most top IT executives at companies of all sizes continue to express concern about the security of data in the cloud, that hasn’t slowed their move to embrace this new infrastructure as a home for corporate data. A new survey and report reveal their top security nightmares and provides some recommendations about how to protect data in the cloud.

The Internet of Things (IoT) generates a lot of data, which organizations can store in the cloud. But how are they keeping it all safe?

Many companies are realizing they face this challenge and are ramping up efforts to improve data security as they embrace new platforms, including IoT and cloud-based applications, according to a recent survey conducted by 451 Research.

The survey, sponsored by data and cloud security vendor Vormetric, polled 1,114 senior IT executives, representing companies ranging from $50 million to more than $2 billion in annual sales.

More than 80% of respondents said they plan to store data in “new technology environments,” defined as cloud, big data, or IoT. Of those, the vast majority (85%) said they were “concerned” or “very concerned” about security in the cloud.

Over half of all respondents voiced similar concerns about the security of big data, while more than a third (36%) said that protecting IoT data was a major concern.

Still, report author and 451 Research senior analyst Garrett Bekker, said in a prepared statement that security is an afterthought “when it comes to adopting new technologies, often taking a back seat amidst the rush to stake a claim in a promising new market.”

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