An Intel survey confirmed the important role that security plays when it comes to choosing both public and private cloud services. Almost all of the respondents (99%) for the Cloud Security Insights for IT Strategic Planning report stated that security either formed the foundation of their decision or played a strong role in their selection of a cloud deployment model.
The survey of over 200 IT professionals also revealed:
- Respondents were more concerned with protecting their data and assets than with compliance. When asked what business or IT needs drive their cloud security plans, respondents cited protecting customer, vendor and employee data (80%) followed by protecting servers and other platform/infrastructure resources from attack (76%) and protecting financial data (72%).Complying with privacy and industry-specific regulations ranked lower on the list at 62% and 47%.
- Cloud poses a number of security challenges. Almost all of the respondents (95%) experienced challenges when implementing a cloud service. The top two challenges involved security, with 44% citing data protection/security and 11% citing data privacy/setting access levels as their greatest challenge.
- IT professionals are more likely to trust hardware-based security. Over three-quarters of the survey’s respondents (78 percent) believe that a cloud provider with hardware-based security provides a higher level of protection.
- Private cloud is the preferred deployment model. 52% of respondents are using (or are the most likely to use) a private cloud deployment model. This is far greater than the 31% using hybrid models and the 11% using public cloud models.
The report also provides tips from IT professionals on how to evaluate a cloud provider’s security features and protect your data in the cloud. For more information, click here to download the complete report.