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IT Managers Reject Cloud for Their Own Use, Mixed for Work

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IT managers still have some mixed feelings about the cloud, according to a recent survey from Lieberman Software Corporation 51 percent of respondents indicated they don’t trust the cloud for any of their personal data while 91 percent believe the move to cloud services has been more convenient for their organization’s in-house IT team.

Philip Lieberman

Even so, 86 percent of surveyed IT managers did not trust the cloud for their organization’s more sensitive data – preferring to keep it on their own network -- while 88 percent said they believe that there is a chance that the data their organization keeps in the cloud could be lost, corrupted or accessed by unauthorized individuals. However, 46 percent of survey respondents still believed that their move to the cloud has increased their organization’s IT security.

The survey was conducted at the Cloud Security Alliance Congress in November 2012. Of the participants, 70 percent represented IT departments from companies with more than 1,000 employees – half of whom were from companies with over 5,000 employees.

Commenting on this research Philip Lieberman, President and CEO of Lieberman Software, said

“We can see that cloud deployments have delivered significant benefits for many organizations, but there are still some very real security concerns. The fact that so many of the people we spoke with don’t trust any of their personal data to the cloud demonstrates just how deep rooted these concerns are,” said Lieberman Software president and chief executive Philip Lieberman. “Cloud service providers need to demonstrate how seriously they take security and the lengths they are going to in order to safeguard sensitive data from access by unauthorized individuals. Customers should be asking their cloud providers to prove the security controls they have in place, and how they guarantee compliance with the same standards that are enforced in the customers' own datacenters.”

Lieberman Software provides privileged identity management products for the enterprise. These products detect the locations where privileged account credentials are in use – including physical and virtual operating systems, applications, databases, web services, scheduled tasks and more – and then secure and continuously track these credentials.

For more survey information visit http://www.liebsoft.com/cloud_security_survey

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