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Ponemon Survey: Security of Cloud Computing Users

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Executive Summary

CA and Ponemon Institute are pleased to present the results of the Security of Cloud Computing Users study. This paper represents the first of a two-part series on security of cloud applications, infrastructure and platforms. We also have a second study that focuses on cloud computing providers located in the United States and Europe. This study will be released in the coming months.

Cloud computing is being heralded as an important trend in information technology throughout the world. Benefits for business and IT include reducing costs and increasing productivity. The downside is that many organizations are moving swiftly to the cloud without making sure that the information they put in the cloud is secure. The purpose of the study is to learn from IT and IT security practitioners in the US and Europe the current state of cloud computing security in their organizations and the most significant changes anticipated by respondents as computing resources migrate from on-premise to the cloud.

As organizations grapple with how to create a secure cloud computing environment, we believe the findings from this study can provide guidance on how to address business and technology risks exacerbated by cloud computing. Specifically, in this study cloud computing users evaluate security technologies and control practices they believe are best deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. We also asked cloud computing users to rate the types of sensitive or confidential information too risky to be moved to the cloud.

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