Survey Finds Data Security “Paramount” When Choosing Cloud Services

The fact that enterprises of all-sizes have gained efficiency, agility, and reductions in their move to the cloud is undeniable. But one aspect that isn’t always associated with the move to public cloud is better security. However, an increase in security is precisely what was reported by the majority of respondents in a recent survey of IT decision-makers.

According to the second annual Intelligent Technology Index, conducted by Market Insight Group on behalf of IT services provider Insight, 63 percent of IT personnel reported that data security is “paramount” when investing in cloud services and 59 percent believe that their environment is safer after moving to cloud services.

The survey was conducted in the fourth-quarter of 2016 of 401 IT decision makers with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

Make no mistake about it: cloud investment is sky high. The survey found that 84 percent of organizations have moved to cloud to some degree. Broken down, 57 percent have done so in Software-as-a-Service, 51 percent in cloud security services, and 39 percent in Infrastructure-as-a-Service and 34 percent in cloud disaster recovery services.

Most interesting in this report, to me, is that nearly half of all respondents (47 percent) have moved more than 50 percent of their application workloads to public clouds.

47% of businesses have migrated more than 50% of corporate application workloads to public clouds.

This survey also found:

  • The main use of 2017 IT budget will be maintenance of existing infrastructure at 37%.
  • Another large area of IT budget spend includes 32% for the adoption of new technologies.
  • 17% of budget will be for increasing employee count and 14% for site expansion or new locations.

The findings in this report explains what research firm Gartner is predicting when it comes to the strong growth in the worldwide cloud-based security services market. According to Gartner, cloud-based security services will have reached $5.9 billion this year, up 21 percent from 2016. By 2020, Gartner estimates the cloud-based security services market will near $9 billion.

“Cloud-based delivery models will remain a popular choice for security practices, with deployment expanding further to controls,” said Ruggero Contu, a Gartner research director. “The ability to leverage security controls that are delivered, updated and managed through the cloud — and therefore require less time-consuming and costly implementations and maintenance activities — is of significant value to enterprises,” said Contu in this news release.

A worldwide survey completed by Gartner in early 2016 found that public cloud will become the prime delivery model for more than 60 percent of security applications by the end of this year.

It’s been clear for some time that cloud was going to be the dominate computing platform, it just wasn’t clear when we’d hit the infection point. It appears now that we are no longer looking toward when cloud became the primary security delivery platform — it appears now that we may be looking at it in the rearview soon.

About George Hulme

George V. Hulme is an internationally recognized information security and business technology writer. For more than 20 years Hulme has written about business, technology, and IT security topics. For five years, Hulme served as senior editor at InformationWeek magazine, he covered the IT security and homeland security beats. His work has appeared in CSOOnline, ComputerWorld, Network Computing, Government Computer News, Network World, San Francisco Examiner, TechWeb, VARBusiness, and dozens of other technology publications.

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