According to Forrester Research, approximately 46 million Americans accessed information via the cloud last year, 10 million of whom paid for their services. While this number is substantial, it pales in comparison to the projected cloud use for 2016, which Forrester analysts set at 196 million in total, 97 million of whom will pay. That marks a 400 percent increase during the next five years.
This rapid growth stems from the slew of connected devices that cloud computing users will have access to, according to Forrester.
“Paying subscribers will grow rapidly, as individuals seek to control additional devices and online services in their lives,” the firm’s report said. “By 2016, people will be routinely juggling a smartphone, tablet and at least one PC, plus a growing range of entertainment, home automation and embedded automobile systems.”
However, some experts contend that cloud security is already at levels high enough to be trusted by businesses and consumers alike. Garry Sidaway, director of security strategy at IT security firm Integralis, said in a recent interview with Computerworld UK that most organizations have already identified the areas of the cloud they need to secure.
-McAfee Cloud Security