24 June 2011 15:15:25
Although cloud computing is undeniably going to become a significant force in the consumer market soon, USA Today reported this week that many still don't quite understand the technology.
Mirroring the business IT world's view of the cloud, albeit as of about a year ago, USA Today said that a recent Ipsos survey found that 40 percent of consumers felt that storing information in the cloud wasn't as safe as storing it on a home PC. While experts debate whether the framework is actually any less safe than local storage, it seems clear that consumers have serious misgivings.
Nevertheless, many use cloud computing services apparently without being aware of it, according to the newspaper. The growing number of people using webmail services like Gmail are using a cloud service, as are those that play games on social networks like Facebook.
That said, many experts say there are still security issues specific to the cloud that will likely need to be addressed in the future. Companies that provide Security-as-a-Service products might be increasingly in demand.
-McAfee Cloud Security