Survey: Enterprises Still Prefer Private Clouds for Storage Due to Security Concerns
The enterprise is slowly beginning to trust the cloud for more of its corporate applications and data. However, a recent survey found that when it comes to enterprise storage, companies are still control freaks, preferring to keep a tight rein on data than put it on a public cloud or allow employees to access it there.
The 2015 Enterprise Cloud Storage Survey released by CTERA Networks found that enterprises overwhelmingly favor private or virtual clouds over the public cloud for storage, with 73 percent having implemented or considering private cloud storage solutions. Moreover, 63 percent of those surveyed are considering cloud storage gateways as a way to mitigate security risks as well as to make storage more cost effective, according to the survey.
Research firm Research Now conducted a survey of 300 IT professionals for CTERA, which provides a range of storage services for the enterprise, including virtual and private clouds.
This hesitation to commit to the public file sharing could be attributed to persistent security issues plaguing the enterprise because of this type of action, according to the survey. At least 35 percent of those surveyed said they’ve experienced a data leak as a result of unauthorized use of file sync and share (FSS) services, while 70 percent said they remain concerned about data breaches.
This year’s survey reflects some of the same trends as last year’s, showing a continued concern for data security that’s steering the enterprise away from storage on the public cloud for now, said Rani Osnat, vice president of Strategic Marketing at CTERA, in a press statement.
“An increasing number of data leakage events, and a desire to exercise more control over file sharing and data protection are forcing organizations to investigate and deploy alternatives to public cloud storage services," he said. "In our second year of research, the trend continues, demonstrating that organizations are leveraging cloud storage for efficiency gains and cost savings, while combating security, control and governance requirements with virtual-private or fully private topologies."
Companies’ hesistancy to store files on the public cloud also means they’re not keen on employees using their own devices to access corporate files using using FSS services, according to the survey.
More than a third of enterprises surveyed said they do not allow unsanctioned access to FSS services by employees’ mobile, with 34 percent strictly forbidding this practice, including 43 percent of financial services, government and life sciences organizations surveyed which traditionally have been protective of corporate data.
However, some companies are a bit more open—and open minded—about FSS services and employee mobile devices, and some are downright clueless, according to the survey. Forty-nine percent of companies surveyed said they tolerate employees accessing corporate data via FSS, but have strict guidelines for them to follow, 13 percent they don’t have a policy and 4 percent said they weren’t sure.