Meet the Pioneers, the group of enterprises leading the way with Cloud adoption. They are distinguished from their colleagues, Cloud Planners and Cloud Stragglers in many ways. In this post, we’ll keep it to security. As the figure below show, when Cloud Pioneers prepare for Cloud deployment, tops on the list is upgrading security and implementing encryption.
For this reason, Pioneers are less concerned with security, as opposed to Stragglers, where security truly limits their adoption. As you can see from the table below (click it for a larger view) that combines all the concerns we asked about, it is easily apparent. The highest ranking for a security concern, which is “Reduced control/visibility for security” is 8th for Pioneers, tying with “Technology not yet proven.” This is because Pioneer’s upgrade security prior to their Cloud deployment. Because of these projects, for Pioneers, all security concerns rank in the bottom half of the list. For Stragglers, it’s a different story. Of their concerns, all security concerns we asked about rank in the top half. After costs, lack of trusted third parties to help them, and the perception that it’s an unproven technology, security concerns are the real barrier for this group. It all suggests the opportunity for security vendors to develop the market by easing the fears of the mainstream market.