Power shift

Cloud makes access governance more difficult

Arun Mysore

The reason for IT professionals taking backseat on cloud is easy to guess: An earlier Ponemon-Symantec survey had found that business users had raced ahead of the IT professionals in using cloud computing.

Cloud has broadened access to information resources and made
access governance difficult, reports Networking World citing a
Ponemon Institute survey.

Seventy three percent of 728 IT professionals interviewed for
2010 Access Governance Trends Survey say
cloud-based applications are enabling business users to get around
existing access policies.

Business users have wrested more influence in granting access
rights. Thirty seven percent of IT professionals said business
units had the responsibility to provide access control in 2010. In
2008 only 29% shared this perception.

The reason for IT professionals taking backseat on cloud is easy
to guess: An earlier Ponemon-Symantec survey had found that
business users had raced ahead of the IT professionals in using
cloud computing. 

A surprising 68 percent of 637 IT professionals interviewed in
Ponemon-Symantec survey had said ownership for evaluating cloud
computing vendors resides with end users and business managers. The
survey found that employees were making decisions without their IT
departments’ inputs or full knowledge of the security risks
involved.

The survey concluded that most organisations’ lacked procedures,
policies and tools to secure sensitive information on cloud. Until
IT teams get their act together, cloud-related governance issues
will continue to torment enterprises.

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