65% of IT security professionals say cloud as secure as on-premises
"The perception that computing in the cloud is less secure than the enterprise data centre is gradually reversing.
One sign was when Capital One Financial CIO Robert Alexander spoke at Amazon Web Services' Re-Invent last October in Las Vegas to say the EC2 cloud would host his firm's next mobile banking application. The EC2 cloud was more secure for that purpose than most enterprise data centres, he said on stage on October 7.
Another is a just released report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), The Cloud Balancing Act for IT: Between Promise and Peril, which says 64.9% of security officers and IT managers think the cloud is at least as secure as their on-premises software. Security of data in the cloud is still a major concern, though: some 67.8% said that they were concerned they couldn't enforce their own security policies in the cloud and 61.2% said that they remained concerned about meeting compliance requirements.
Of the 64.9% who say the cloud is at least as secure as on-premises software, 47.1% say cloud security is equal to, and 17.8% say it's better than, what they have on-premises.”
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