Symantec: Cloud Computing Security Needs Attention

By Brian Prince

A joint survey from Symantec and the Ponemon Institute paints a less than rosy picture of enterprise approaches to cloud computing. For many, security seems to be on the backburner.

A survey of IT professionals has painted a troubling picture of enterprise approaches to cloud computing security.

According to the survey, which was done by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute, many organizations are not doing their due diligence when it comes to adopting cloud technology—a situation that may partly be due to ad hoc delegation of responsibilities.

Among the findings: Few companies are taking proactive steps to protect sensitive business and customer data when they use cloud services. Less than 10 percent of those surveyed said their organizations performed any kind of product vetting or employee training to make sure cloud computing resources met security requirements before cloud applications were deployed.

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This article was originally published on 2010-04-06