Microsoft Study Attempts to Dispel Cloud Security Concerns

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Concerns about cloud security have helped dampen enthusiasm for cloud computing among some IT professionals, a perception that Microsoft hopes to reverse with some findings from a study it recently commissioned. The study was conducted in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. Study participants consisted of small and mid-sized business (SMB) which were using (and not using) cloud services. Microsoft released the U.S. survey results today, and plans to release results from other countries in the next few weeks.

I spoke with Tim Rains, Director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, and he suggested that the survey results prove that security -- rather than being a negative for cloud computing adoption -- is actually turning into a positive for cloud computing adopters. "This study shows that businesses that use the cloud get savings in time and money, but they also get increased levels of security," Rains said. "Security [concerns] have been a barrier to cloud adoption, but the study shows that users are gaining security rather than losing it."

A Microsoft statement outlines some of the key findings of the study, namely:

The study shows that 35 percent of U.S. companies surveyed have experienced noticeably higher levels of security since moving to the cloud.1 In addition, 32 percent say they spend less time worrying about the threat of cyberattacks. U.S. SMBs using the cloud also spend 32 percent less time each week managing security than companies not using the cloud. They are also five times more likely to have reduced what they spend on managing security as a percentage of overall IT budget.

For more information on the Microsoft cloud security study, read a blog post on Technet by Adrienne Hall, General Manager of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, or peruse the details in the related Microsoft news release.

So what do you think of Microsoft's cloud computing security study results? Share your thoughts by adding a comment to this blog post or contributing to the discussion on Twitter.

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on May 15, 2012
In end user survey, after survey, the top 2 issues that surface to the top are security (data being the typical lead in this) and reliability (being availability and accessibility). A good reference point for this being the Cloud Industry Forums 2011 Cloud Adoption and Tends Survey where 64% of respondents cited Data Security as their most significant concern of using cloud in their business. (papers available at http://www.cloudindustryforum.org/register-your-details-to-download-our-white-papers) There is nothing to fear inherently about the cloud. Companies simply have to perform their diligence as they would when buying any other solution, as long as they know the right questions to ask. Ignoring the cloud or moving everything to it in a race to be all cloud are both perilous positions. Taking educated steps to the cloud will ensure you gain the benefits that it can bring in a secure manner and that you dont end up in a technological storm. Ian Moyse www.workbooks.com
on Aug 29, 2012
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