According to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric, companies across industries are increasingly leveraging the cloud for security applications, with 42 percent of respondents indicating they currently run security applications in the cloud and almost half (45 percent) stating they are likely or extremely likely to transition security operations to the cloud in the future.
Organisations utilise the cloud for existing applications, including data storage, human resources, email and security – and are eager to continue adopting it for security operations. 57 percent of respondents believe the cloud is secure, with IT and technology professionals having the most confidence (78 percent), followed by education (70 percent), construction (68 percent) and financial services (52 percent). However, some sceptics remain, with 18 percent of respondents indicating they do not trust the cloud.
Security systems and emerging technology
Nearly three-fourths of respondents said network security is an important feature for security systems in their organisations. While the state of security continues to advance, respondents indicate security systems are not where they should be in order to adopt emerging technologies (54 percent) and despite business leaders being supportive of emerging technology (95 percent), many barriers to adoption exist.
Organisational/administrative barriers such as procedures, lack of perceived value and ROI were the top barriers identified that are inhibiting organisations from achieving their security goals.
Almost 80 percent feel it is important
Integrated security systems
While integration remains an obstacle to achieving security goals, almost 80 percent feel it is important to integrate security systems with other buildings and IT systems as part of an organisation’s cloud strategy. Currently, photo ID badging, active directory, intrusion and CCTV are the top four systems that organisations integrate into their security systems. The two top non-security systems organisations currently integrate with their security systems are automation and lighting.
“Leveraging the cloud for security applications is becoming increasingly accepted – and required – as we move into a 24/7 digital world,” said Steven Turney, Security Programme Manager, Schneider Electric. “Especially for companies where security management improvements are imminent, it makes sense to consider innovation at every level of their organisation to meet their security needs. As businesses are required to be more agile, the cloud helps to unify and simplify security measures so an organisation’s data, people and assets are constantly protected.”