Cloud computing growing in popularity despite global concerns over
Canadian enterprises report less security lapses than global
OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - A new global survey of 1200 enterprise IT
decision makers from Canada, the U.S, Japan, France and Germany reveals
a growing popularity of cloud computing despite current confusion about
both its overall benefits and data security.
In the past, security concerns were the primary inhibitors to cloud
adoption. Now, performance and availability have equal influence over
IT decision makers. As we witnessed in recent data breach incidents --
everything is linked - poor security causes downtime, and contributes
to poor performance" says Trend Micro's Vice President of Cloud
Security. Dave Aspey.
Overall the adoption rate for overall cloud technologies is highest in
United States and lowest in Canada.
Compared to their colleagues in other countries, Canadian IT respondents
expressed a higher level of concern related to
administration/management of cloud services. 56% of Canadian
organizations vs 49% of global organizations viewed a guaranteed
Service Letter of Agreement (SLA) as important to driving adoption of
A specific example - 59 percent of all businesses surveyed are now using
server virtualization—a low cost partitioning of physical servers into
smaller virtual servers, which saves companies hardware and operating
expenses for power and cooling. In the U.S. it is 70%, 68% in the UK,
61% in Germany, 58% in Japan, and dropping to 47% in Canada.
Half of the overall respondents indicated that apprehension over security is a key reason holding back their adoption of cloud technology. More
than half believed shared storage is vulnerable without encryption.
There seems to be widespread confusion about what cloud computing
services exactly are.
When presented with an extensive list of cloud service providers, 93% of
all respondents said they are currently using at least one of them.
However, 7% of these same respondents indicated, on the other hand,
that their company has no plans to deploy any cloud computing services.
About four in ten (43%) responding companies globally currently using a
cloud computing service reported a data security lapse or issue with
the cloud service their company is using within the last 12 months.
Canada was on the lower end of the companies reporting a security lapse
at 38 percent; the highest was India at 55 percent, followed by the UK
at 48%, Japan at 44%, the US at 39%, and Germany at 35%.
While security is still the major hindrance toward cloud adoption, more
enterprises now perceive performance and availability of cloud services
to be of near-equal consideration.
The top barriers respondents see in adopting cloud-computing services
are: concerns over security of data or cloud infrastructure (50
percent) and performance and availability of cloud service (48
Data in the cloud is vulnerable without encryption
When it comes to safeguarding sensitive data stored in the cloud,
enterprises turn to encryption. 85 percent of respondents said they encrypt data stored in the cloud. And before taking the
plunge into cloud adoption, more than half of survey respondents said
they would be more likely to consider a cloud provider if encrypted
data storage were included in the offering.
Trend Micro secures the enterprise journey to the cloud
Trend Micro has invested heavily in a family of multi-layered protection
for cloud and virtual environments - all designed to secure the
enterprise journey to the cloud and prevent data theft, business
disruptions, and compliance violations with comprehensive server
security for today's virtualized datacenter.
"Trend Micro secures enterprises no matter where they are in the cloud
journey. Our integrated suite of security solutions stands out because
it provides much higher efficiency in cloud and virtualized
environments, and our policy-based encryption key management service
keeps data secure regardless of where it's stored, from physical
servers to virtual environments to public clouds," said Aspey.
1,200 IT professionals from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Canada, India
and Japan (200 respondents from each of the six countries) were invited
to participate in a survey on cloud computing. These professionals,
from enterprises with over 500 employees, all make purchase decisions
for cloud computing services, server virtualization or Virtual Desktop
infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
Trend Micro Incorporated (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with
its Internet content security and threat management solutions for
businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20
years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based
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SOURCE Trend Micro Canada
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