McAfee: Global Cloud Computing Security Report 2017 (full text)

McAfee released the latest '2017 global cloud computing security report', the report shows:

Over the past 15 months, 80% of IT budgets have been spent on cloud applications and solutions. Cloud computing has become the top priority for companies that deploy applications to deploy services. Many companies are rapidly moving to cloud computing to keep up with the networks of partners and suppliers. Whether customers choose any purchase channels and ways, can provide excellent customer experience, which also contributed to the deployment of cloud computing. The study found that cloud computing accounted for IT budget does not exceed 80% of the proportion of IT professionals from last year's 12% to 6%.

Mixed cloud usage increased threefold last year and 19 percent to 57 percent. The study also found that the number of cloud services used by enterprises in 2016 dropped from 43 to 29 in 2015. The convergence of cloud services and the rapid growth of hybrid clouds show the maturity of enterprise cloud platforms. Many companies are setting a more aggressive goal - to create cloud applications internally to replace legacy applications that can no longer match current and future business models.

The highest utilization rate of the public cloud platform is the service sector (28%), while the project (30%) and the government (29%) have the highest utilization rate of private clouds. Due to concerns about IT security skills, the service provider's private cloud adoption rate is the lowest (16%). Media companies (17%) have low adoption rates for private clouds.

At present, only 23% of enterprises fully trust public clouds can protect their data security. A year ago, the index was only 13%. Increased trust thanks to the public cloud platform to invest more development work and resources to achieve security features and support. From certification to more complex security APIs, public cloud platform vendors are strengthening all aspects of their systems to ensure greater security and scalability. This strategy has reduced the number of enterprises that do not trust cloud services from 50% to 29%.

Fully integrated (50%) and unified security solutions (47%) make enterprises more trust in the security of public cloud services. The more integrated security solutions, the more likely to store sensitive data in public clouds. The graph below compares the degree of integration of the business using public clouds and security solutions.

At present, 83% of enterprises are actively using containers. 36% of users use them in IT, 18% use containers outside IT, and 29% use containers both internally and externally. Cloud security providers can stand out from the competition by adding more advanced container security solutions to their cloud services strategy.

60% of the engineering firms said the lack of security skills is hampering the adoption of plans for cloud computing. Of all the respondents, 36% said they were experiencing lack of skills, but they continued their plans. Countries that need cloud security experts include Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Australia (33%) and Canada (32%) are leaders in the global public cloud, while GCC (Gulf Arab) (30%) is ahead of private cloud adoption. Japan's private cloud adoption rate was the lowest (7%) due to concerns about employee safety skills. (Source: McAfee Editor: China Electronic Commerce Research Center)

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