Don't Forget To Evaluate Your Cloud Provider's Security Strategy - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud
Commentary
5/17/2010
04:35 PM
John Soat
John Soat
Commentary
50%
50%

Don't Forget To Evaluate Your Cloud Provider's Security Strategy

Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant, in some cases majority, of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategy before entering into a relationship.

Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant number (in some cases majority) of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategies before entering into a relationship.

According to a recent report sponsored by CA Technologies and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and security group, less than half of software-as-a-service users and platform-as-a-service users in the United States (45% and 46% respectively) say they looked closely at their vendor's security arrangements before signing on. The report, which examines the security and privacy implications of cloud computing, is based on a survey of 642 U.S.-based and 283 European IT "practitioners."

Europe comes off a little better: more than half of SaaS and PaaS users overseas (61% and 52%, respectively) say they checked out their service providers' security set up. And both groups seem to know better when it comes to infrastructure-as-a-service, with 51% in the U.S. and 66% in Europe checking on security arrangements before contracting for infrastructure services. Perhaps that's because tapping a third party for infrastructure services is a more familiar maneuver and the security implications are more obvious.

Security is emerging as one of cloud computing's most consequential and troubling issues. IT managers, or anyone contemplating employing cloud computing resources, can't simply ignore it or abdicate responsibility for it to the service provider. In a checklist of issues to be resolved, security should be near the top.Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant, in some cases majority, of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategy before entering into a relationship.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
7 Technologies You Need to Know for Artificial Intelligence
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/1/2019
Commentary
A Practical Guide to DevOps: It's Not that Scary
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  7/5/2019
Commentary
Diversity in IT: The Business and Moral Reasons
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  6/20/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
Data Science and AI in the Fast Lane
This IT Trend Report will help you gain insight into how quickly and dramatically data science is influencing how enterprises are managed and where they will derive business success. Read the report today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll