08 September 2011 17:05:38
Though cloud computing has experienced unprecedented success over the past few years, some organizations and industries have been slow to adopt products such as Software-as-a-Service because of security fears. To combat this, cloud industry experts, vendors and analysts have been campaigning to broaden the understanding of the new technology and expand its reach.
According to Economic Times, some executives of major cloud computing providers have been tasked with introducing IT departments and corporate personnel to the security strengths the cloud can provide. This, the source asserts, could be the result of new statistics from the International Data Corporation showing that more than two-thirds of executives and IT personnel think that the risks of cloud computing eclipse the potential benefits.
"Working in computer security requires 'a hyperawareness' of risk," one security director of a major cloud-service provider told the news source. "The same as when you're on stage performing with nail guns."
As some organizations continue to establish methods of improving cloud security and increase public knowledge of how the technology works, expert forecasts still look strong for the industry. The International Data Corporation projects the cloud to grow from a 600,000 unit and $3.8 billion industry in 2010 to 1.3 million units and $6.4 billion by 2014.
-McAfee Cloud Security