Exploits & Vulnerabilities
The State of Cloud and Virtualization Security
Here is a collection of the most interesting top findings about the state of cloud and virtualization security from a cloud, virtualization, and VDI security survey of 1200 IT professionals from larger companies in 6 countries around the world.
For the last few months, we’ve been conducting a cloud, virtualization, and VDI security survey of 1200 IT professionals from larger companies in 6 countries around the world. Not only did I get to help shape the questions on the survey, I’ve also been on the team interpreting the results.
We’ve learned more than a few things we actually were not expecting to learn. Here is a collection of the most interesting top findings about the state of cloud and virtualization security. I’ll be blogging about some of them in more detail over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, here is the big news:
Nearly 43% of respondents had a data security issue or problem over the last year.
Only about 10% of them were on the public cloud most of the time.
But about 50% had public IaaS pilots underway that would be in full production within 1-2 years
I don’t know about you, but here’s how I interpret that information and why it scares the heck out of me. It looks like we’ll have 4-5 times more cloud apps online from enterprises soon, but using an architecture that put nearly half of them at risk of being hacked. The survey shows that if they don’t change some of their security protections, that increase in the number of planned cloud-resident apps will also cause a wave of security incidents.
Another interesting tidbit was that 7% of users didn’t know they were using the cloud, even though they knew the names of some cloud vendors they were using. That tells me that cloud marketing is getting to be overwhelming for some people, or perhaps the survey respondents were too high in their IT organizations to know for sure. In any case, it’s a counter-intuitive finding.
The last unusual data point to arise from my first sort through the data was that performance and availability have come roaring back into vogue after a few years of being placed below security in nearly every survey about the cloud. Enterprises justifiably were concerned that the cloud wasn’t well enough secured in the last few years, which has led to slow adoption in some markets. But now it’s not just a question of being secure – it’s a question of being fast, scalable, and secure.
We also made this killer infographic to go along with the survey data. I hope you enjoy it, and come back for more info on the survey results over the next couple weeks. Click here to see the full infographic.
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