Security issues that impede cloud adoption

Cloud encryption vendor CipherCloud polled attendees at the recent Dreamforce event in San Francisco about things that keep them from full-on cloud implementation. Here's a snapshot of the responses.

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.

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