The security-as-a-service market continues to grow, and according to industry association CompTIA, 2014 will be a good year for cloud services providers and cloud services brokers who are providing cloud-based security offerings.
In "CompTIA's 11th Annual Information Security Trends" report, the association noted that the lucrative IT security market recently is partly because of rapid channel adoption of security-as-a-service. According to CompTIA, the number of firms with cloud-based security services increased by 36 percentage points from 2012 and 2013.
Heading into 2014, the momentum will continue. Of the surveyed CompTIA organizations that offer security services, 78 percent said they expect their revenue to grow throughout 2014. Good news for end-customers. Great news for the IT security channel. And bad news for the nogoodniks such cloud security services will work to thwart.
The report noted that most companies expect to maintain a high focus on security. That's not all that surprising, especially considering how much sensitive corporate data is appearing on public clouds. Without the right security technologies and best practices in place, organizations are setting themselves to be future victims of data loss and theft. And the channel is playing a critical role in developing the right security solutions for those customers.
CompTIA surveyed 500 IT and business executives in end-user companies about their security plans and found several changes that the executives see as changing the security landscape. Although the rise of social networking (indicated by 52 percent of those surveyed) was the most popular change noted by executives, cloud computing (51 percent) was on the list at number two.
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And 69 percent of those end-users have done either moderate or heavy review of cloud security providers. CompTIA also noted some of the common characteristics the end-users are examining when choosing a cloud provider (take note):
- Identity and access management.
- Business continuity and disaster recovery management.
- Data integrity assurances.
- Data encryption at rest and in transit.
- Data and backup retention policies.
- Regulatory compliance of the provider.
- Credentials held by provider.
- Geographic location of data centers.
It sounds like customers are really starting to understand cloud security and take a more active role in determining the factors that will make them most secure.
"The use of new technologies necessitates a change in security approach," said Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, in a prepared statement. "It's clear why companies view security as a top priority; but what's less clear is whether they are fully aware of which actions to take to build an appropriate security posture for a new era of IT."
That's where security-minded channel partners can help.