Companies Reveal Mixed Feelings About Cloud Security

Barcelona, Spain — Oct. 10

Symantec Corp. announced the results of its 2011 State of Cloud Survey, which examined how organizations are adopting cloud computing and dealing with the changes it can impose on their approach to managing IT.

According to the survey, based on 5,300 responses from 38 countries worldwide, organizations have mixed feelings when it comes to security, with a majority ranking it as both a top concern and top goal of moving to the cloud. The survey also revealed that IT organizations may not be adequately prepared for the move to the cloud, as almost half of the respondents said their IT staffs are not ready at this time.

“These survey findings reinforce what our customers are telling us,” said Francis deSouza, group president, enterprise products and services, Symantec. “Security is one of their top concerns when it comes to moving to the cloud. To be confident in the cloud, IT organizations must take measures to ensure they have the same visibility and control of their information and applications whether they are in the cloud or residing on their own infrastructure.”

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