Businesses remain unconvinced by cloud hosted email security tools according to new research released by Mimecast, in conjunction with V3, as part of the V3 Security Summit.
Despite the growing capabilities of this technology, a survey of over 700 firms found over 70 percent still believe on-premise email security services are better than cloud hosted tools, while 45 percent said security is the biggest concern to adopting any cloud computing services.
This is based on numerous fears, such as being unsure about where the data will be stored and who has jurisdiction over it (54.9 percent) and concerns data won't be as secure as when it is stored on premise (57.7 percent).
Mimecast chief scientist Nathaniel Borenstein, made calls during the summit for dedicated cloud security standards to be adopted, so firms have more insight into cloud providers.
"All clouds are not created equally. The decision about who to trust is absolutely critical. There's a lack of evaluators telling you who to trust," he noted.
Underlining this lack of a clear single standard was the fact respondents showed a mixed awareness of various different systems that exist to offer some form of metric on cloud standards:
For example, nearly half of the survey respondents were found to be familiar with the ISO/IEC 27001 security certification, but only a quarter said they were aware of the Cloud Security Alliance Security Trust & Assurance Registry (CSA STAR) or the Safe Harbor certification.
Despite these various issues firms clearly see a benefit of working towards the use of cloud tools, whether that's for security or other purposes, with cost savings (33 percent), availability (30 percent) and access to more features and functionalities (33 percent) all cited as potential benefits.
The V3 Virtual Security Summit is taking place on 25 September. All the videos will be available to watch on-demand for a three month period following today's broadcast. Please click here to watch any of the sessions now.
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