Cloud cited as data security aid

Cloud cited as data security aid

May 22

According to a recent survey by Coleman Parkes Research, the cloud has overcome its early reputation as a security liability. In a drastic reversal, companies have put their faith en masse in the cloud’s ability to store data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes. Respondents using the cloud to protect data reported that the process made them feel secure.

New outlook

Among respondents to the Coleman Parkes survey, 84 percent of those using private clouds and 73 percent in the public cloud stated that they are satisfied with the state of their security. The private cloud has proven especially popular with companies, with 76 percent of companies storing data there.

“It is broadly acknowledged that cloud computing can offer many benefits to organizations that require more agile and cost-effective ways of delivering IT services,” said CA Technologies senior vice president  Bill Mann. “This survey reveals that one of those benefits is improved data protection – which remains a huge challenge in conventional, non-cloud environments.”

Causes of loss

The survey also included a discussion of the reasons behind data loss and the barriers to disaster recovery. The respondents said that system failures were the most pressing problem, with over three-fourths of companies naming them a threat. Other problems cited were human error and outside attack, though neither was mentioned by more than half of companies. Decision-makers also worried about employee understanding of disaster recovery, stating that poor comprehension could lead to unsuccessful usage.

Constant risks

Expert Margaret Dawson, writing for Computer Technology Review, recently stated that IT employees often downplay their chances of suffering data loss, unsure of the probability. She responded that the chances are actually high, with everything from a natural disaster to a small-scale power failure posing a threat. She also mentioned the high cost of downtime following a data loss, a cost separate from initial technical or eventual regulatory problems.