Low adoption of cloud security - survey

2012-05-14 12:46
Cape Town - Most business that aim to implement virtualisation technology have no plans to implement security planning to accompany it, a security company survey has found.

Research conducted among IT professionals in March 2012 found that while the trend toward virtualisation is increasing among companies, 55% of companies were not interested in security for their virtual infrastructure.

Virtualisation differs from emulation in that software on the host machine acts like a piece of hardware to allow users to run programs, store data and communicate.

The survey conducted by O+K Research, found that 62% of European companies are currently implementing or have already implemented server virtualisation, 35% plan to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure and 33% plan data storage virtualisation.

The adoption rate has increased significantly in recent times and German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom recently caused controversy at the CeBIT show by touting Germany for cloud services on the basis that the country was more secure.

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"In Germany, the data protection laws are very strict. But several operators do not come from Germany and do not adhere to these standards," Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann said.

But the internet is difficult to pin down to one geographical area as has been demonstrated by hacking attacks that have crossed international borders.

"For me it makes no difference. Our clients are well aware that with the internet it is difficult to localise something," said Sergei Schlotthauer, head of the German IT security lobby Egosecure.

Cloud computing has become increasingly important and it is estimated that the sector will grow to about $100bn in 2012 and with that amount of cash, security is a concern.

The survey found that only 18% of European companies have confirmed the implementation of such security for their virtual infrastructure.

"We believe that virtual infrastructure has to be treated with the utmost attention in terms of security, and failure to do so could result in significant damage," said Konstantin Voronkov, senior product manager of Virtualisation Solutions at Kaspersky Lab.

The company said that its software is easy to install and offers protection for all virtual machines.

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