IT professionals don't have confidence in cloud security

IT professionals don't have confidence in cloud security

Although many companies have been moving to a cloud computing solution over the past couple of years, cloud security provider CloudPassage told InfoSecurity that a new report to be released shows that IT professionals don't trust cloud computing's perimeter security or network control. Companies should take security into their own hands by bringing in Symantec SSL certificates and other ways of protecting instead of leaving it in the hands of a cloud provider.

The survey of 164 IT professionals showed that 44.7 percent identified defense and network control as their top network concern. After this, multi-tenancy of infrastructure or applications was the next biggest concern at 38.8 percent followed by achieving PCI compliance and other standards at 25.7, provider access to guest services at 24.3 percent and enterprise security tools not working in the cloud at 21.7 percent.

“One of the biggest obstacles to public cloud adoption has been that people understand that their current security approaches that are usually network-based or hypervisor-based … simply don’t work in the infrastructure-as-a-service environment," Rand Wacker, vice president of product management at CloudPassage, told Infosecurity.

According to Wacker, 31.2 percent of respondents said cloud companies do their security for them, 21.3 percent said they do it manually using a checklist and 19.9 percent said they are not securing cloud servers at all.

CTR Computer Technology Review said Symantec SSL certificates are a "no-brainer" way to help address cloud computing security.

"Security is not a trivial matter and companies must address it as they leap to the cloud," the website said. "Following well-established best practices goes a long way toward making safer choices. A vitally important decision lies with ensuring cloud providers use SSL from established and reliable independent certificate authorities. Not doing so can put organizations’ data, reputation and bottom line at risk."