Cloud encryption vendor CipherCloud polled attendees at the recent Dreamforce event in San Francisco about things that keep them from full-on cloud implementation. I'm usually reluctant to run vendor-backed surveys because I'm convinced they are all skewed in ways that keep us from the full truth about the topic at hand. But I also think some survey results make for interesting, for-what-it's-worth discussion points in our community.
It's in the latter spirit that I share the following, which CipherCloud's PR person emailed me this morning:
Some 50 IT professionals were polled for this survey.
In considering storing sensitive data in the cloud, the respondents, which were IT professionals with in-depth experience in cloud implementations, indicated concern over these issues:
-- Data security - 66%
-- Data privacy - 56%
-- Compliance - 34%
-- Data residency - 26%
The poll also showed a high percentage of respondents were also concerned with other specific cloud threats:
-- Data leakage - 52%
-- Unknown risk profiles - 34%
-- Account, service, and traffic hijacking - 32%
-- Shared technology vulnerabilities - 32%
-- Malicious insiders at cloud providers - 28%
-- Insecure programming interfaces - 24%
Any thoughts, readers? If so, share away.