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73% of IT Professionals Lack Cloud Security Procedures

Jessica Thornsby

Only 27% of IT professionals have procedures for approving cloud applications that use sensitive or confidential information, according to a survey conducted by Symantec Corp and the Ponemon Institute.

Furthermore, only 20% of the organisations surveyed reported that their information security teams are regularly involved in evaluating cloud computing vendors, and approximately a quarter said they never participated in this process at all. However, 69% of those surveyed stated they want their information security or corporate IT teams to lead the decision making process, when it comes to cloud computing.

“Cloud computing holds a great deal of promise as a tool for providing many essential business services, but our study reveals a disturbing lack of concern for the security of sensitive corporate and personal information as companies rush to join in on the trend,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, the chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. “In order to properly address information security concerns we encourage organizations to immediately incorporate policies and processes for determining vendor qualifications.”

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