Indian Enterprises Reports More Insecurities Than Global Average


5 Aug 2011
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A global cloud security survey conducted by Trend Micro has concluded that 55 percent of enterprise IT decision makers in India reported a security lapse or issue with their cloud provider within the last 12 months.

1200 IT professionals from Germany, Canada, India, Japan, the US, and the UK (200 respondents from each of the six countries) who were invited to participate in the survey confirmed that enterprises are moving toward the cloud at a brisk pace. Market penetration numbers are high in India, US, and UK for server virtualization, VDI, and public and private cloud services. With about 10 percent of the respondents (in India) currently have private cloud in production and around 15 percent have hybrid apps or public cloud in production, about half are implementing or piloting one or more of these cloud services, according to the survey.

Despite popularity of cloud computing in India, confusion is still at play among enterprises. When presented with a list of cloud computing services, 96 percent of the respondents said that they are currently working with at least one of them. And yet, seven percent of the same respondents said that their company has no plans to deploy any cloud computing service.

“Based on our data, we see about five times more cloud applications coming online in the next few years, yet 44 percent of the survey respondents in India reported having experienced an IT security breach. On top of that, some respondents did not even know they were using the cloud, much less securing it. Given that many cloud service providers do not adequately add IT resources to security, the reality is that securing your cloud environment is not an option, it’s a necessity,” said Amit Nath, Country Manager, Trend Micro India.

In India, 60 percent of respondents pointed out that apprehension over security is a key reason for holding back their adoption of cloud computing. Indian respondents expressed higher level of concerns about adopting cloud computing services than respondents elsewhere. “While security is one of major hindrances toward cloud adoption, India now perceives cloud services, such as performance/availability of cloud, billing and tracking of service used, and lack of access to data, to be of near-equal consideration,” said Nath.

According to the survey, the top barriers respondents see in adopting cloud computing services in India are: billing and tracking of services used, lack of access to data, availability of cloud services/uptime, and lack of transparency. When it comes to public cloud in production, 93 percent of respondents in India said they encrypt data stored in the cloud. 56 percent of survey respondents said they would be more likely to consider a cloud provider if an easy to administer cloud encryption service was provided.

source : crn
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