One finding in the survey poses a surprising contrast to the usual accepted notions of cloud services and security. "Companies with the characteristics that indicate a strong overall security posture appear to be more likely to transfer sensitive or confidential information to the cloud environment than companies that appear to have a weaker overall security posture," the survey report states. "In other words, companies that understand security appear to be willing and able to take advantage of the cloud. This finding appears to be at odds with the common suggestion that more security-aware organizations are the more skeptical of cloud security and that it is the less security-aware organizations that are willing to overlook a perceived lack of security."
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email: email@example.com.