Cloud is growing, but old security fears are slow to fade away

While skepticism about security persists, users increasingly see cloud security as a responsibility shared with cloud vendors.

Jeff Rowe | Mar 30, 2018 01:40 pm

The cloud may be a widespread, mainstream tool, but that doesn’t mean some old misperceptions don’t continue.

For example, in a recent poll conducted by Barracuda Networks, an IT security and cloud provider, more than half of those polled said they believe their information is safer on-premise rather than in the cloud.

According to the company, who polled more than 600 respondents concerning their experiences with cloud security, 83 percent of respondents said they were concerned about deploying firewalls in the cloud, while fifty seven percent said their on-premises security was superior to cloud.

“We’re continuing to see questions and concerns around how organizations should be approaching security along with their cloud deployments, especially from larger companies,” noted Chris Hill, a Barracuda director. “There still seems to be a lack of understanding in cloud security, and a misplaced belief that on-premises security is a lot stronger.”

As for the positives, those who have taken the plunge on cloud-specific firewalls say the primary benefits are integration with cloud management, monitoring and automation capabilities, as well as being easy to deploy and configure by cloud developers.

What’s more, the shared responsibility cloud security message is apparently sinking in, as 71 percent of respondents said cloud security was a responsibility shared with cloud vendors, with only 19 percent believing it is the vendor’s responsibility alone.

“One thing is for sure,” noted Hill. “(A)s the move to cloud only increases in pace, for organizations that are used to operating under traditional data centre architecture, moving to the cloud will require a new way of thinking when they approach security.”