November 17, 2010 – Access control rules, strong authentication and best-of-breed network security infrastructure topped the list for cloud requirements in a new survey on cloud security conducted by Hubspan, a provider of cloud-based business integration services. A majority of respondents (84 percent) agree that sensitive data can be safely stored in the cloud.

Compliance is mission critical to nearly 80 percent of those surveyed, and most respondents felt some data is too risky to put in the cloud, including intellectual property, financial information and employee records. Nearly 80 percent would sacrifice some cloud computing performance in order to ensure that the data was secure.  

“Cloud is becoming more trusted. Cloud vendors can show how they are securing the data,” says Margaret Dawson, vice president of marketing and product management at Hubspan. “IT people need to go their CIO and show them data in the cloud is becoming more secure.”

When looking into cloud security, it is important to look at the methods of encryption and data protection/security audits. Dawson advises that you examine what mandates the vendor is adhering to, for you and for their own compliance.

More than 200 respondents, including presidents, directors, IT managers and engineers, program/project managers and IT administrators, in various industries, from companies ranging in size from under 50 to several thousand employees completed the cloud survey.

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