Although more companies than ever before think their IT systems and networks are secure, lingering enterprise doubts illustrate the true value of enterprise-class cloud computing.
Of the more than 1,000 people polled in InformationWeek's 2013 Strategic Security Survey, 38 percent said managing complex security implementation was their top cybersecurity concern, down from 54 percent the previous year. In addition, fewer companies today than in 2012 think storing customer data makes them more prone to attack and a greater percentage of 2013 poll respondents thought end user training bolstered their security initiatives than did those last year.
However, just because some key indicators are on the rise does not necessarily mean that companies think they are more secure than ever before. The survey found that concerns about user access to data are on the rise, and policy enforcement is now the most frequently cited security challenge. According to one engineering firm employee and research respondent, the bring-your-own-device trend and increasing enterprise social media usage has so dramatically affected the security landscape at some organizations that breaches have become a common occurrence.
"But notice the common threads: awareness of processes and risk, two topics that security pros traditionally avoided at all costs," InformationWeek said. "Recognition of process and risk management shows us that infosec pros are thinking about strategy, not just products and tactics."
Why enterprise-class cloud computing is the ideal security solution
As the enterprise computing landscape changes dramatically and as different threats appear, enterprise-class cloud computing emerges as the ideal security solution. Thanks in part to rising trends such as BYOD and remote working, end user access to business-critical applications and data needs to adapt accordingly. However, this has presented innumerable challenges to organizations, as these modes of working cause many legacy security implementations to no longer be effective.
To address these concerns, companies should further look to enterprise-class cloud computing. The technology enables firms to securely host mission-critical software and information in remote environments. These solutions are designed to facilitate remote and diversified workforces, and are made with security and business continuity concerns in mind.
Thanks in part to these core benefits, more businesses than ever are happy with the cloud. According to a recent survey commissioned by CA Technologies, most companies that have implemented hosted solutions are happy with their investment a year after first turning to the technology. Furthermore, 98 percent of respondents, whether they were using the enterprise IaaS cloud or another configuration, said hosted systems met or exceeded their security expectations, and approximately 33 percent indicated that security was less of a concern with the enterprise cloud than they initially expected.
"As enterprises advance in their adoption of cloud, the desired outcomes evolve, as well," CA CTO John Michelsen said. "Cost is often considered an early benefit – or even a required result – in order for IT teams to justify moving in the direction of the cloud. Once they show that cloud computing improves the bottom line, they can shift their focus to innovation and other objectives, such as increased performance and enhanced security."