Cloud computing has been the most talked about buzz phrase concerning enterprise IT in the past few years. The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of IT offered by the technology has vendors, companies and pundits all singing its praises or tearing it down because of perceived shortcomings.
Despite all the hype, however, the adoption rate of cloud computing may not be as astronomical as previously thought. According to Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst John Pescatore, much of the talk surrounding the cloud is centered on Software as a Service and not hosted infrastructure or platforms.
Several recent reports seem to reflect this notion. According to InformationWeek Analytics, just 25 percent of respondents to its Cloud Storage: Changing Dynamics Beyond Services report said they are either already using or plan to implement cloud solutions. Of those, just 15 percent have already adopted a cloud solution.
Still, speaking at his company's recent 2011 Gartner Security & Risk Management summit, Pescatore said companies should still plan ahead with cloud security strategies and policies. By doing so, organizations will be better prepared for when cloud migration truly comes.
He added that such preparedness will help companies get ahead of the risks associated with consumer-based cloud services. Such solutions open plenty of avenues for improved productivity and cost-savings, Pescatore acknowledged, but they are also prime targets of cybercriminals.
"So from the user perspective there are a lot of rewards, and from the CIO’s perspective it’s saving a lot of money, but from the attacker’s perspective it’s opening up new paths to go after users," Pescatore said. "There’s a lot of new risk."
According to a recent Computerworld Hong Kong report, security should be on the minds of business leaders when deploying an online backup solution. The technology news provider identified encrypting backup data as one of 10 best practices.