Security Applications Increasingly Moving to the Cloud, Survey Says

The Schneider Electric survey finds lack of perceived value, procedures and ROI are top barriers that hinder organizations from achieving their security goals.

ANDOVER, Mass. – Businesses of all sorts from across the industry landscape are increasingly leveraging the cloud for security applications, according to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric

The survey of more than 300 U.S. CIOs, CTOs, IT directors, security/facilities managers and operations personnel found that 42% of organizations currently run security applications in the cloud, and almost half (45%) are likely or extremely likely to transition security operations to the cloud in the future.

Organizations utilize the cloud for existing applications including data storage, human resources, email and security, and are eager to continue adopting it for security operations, according to Schneider Electric. Fifty seven percent of respondents believe the cloud is secure, with IT and technology professionals having the most confidence (78%), followed by education (70%), construction (68%) and financial services (52%). However, some skeptics remain, with 18% of respondents indicating they do not trust the cloud.

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Nearly 75% of respondents said network security is an important feature for security systems in their organizations. While the state of security continues to advance, respondents indicate security systems aren’t where they should be in order to adopt emerging technologies (54%), and despite business leaders being supportive of emerging technology (95%), many barriers to adoption exist.

Organizational/administrative barriers such as procedures, lack of perceived value and ROI were the top barriers identified that are inhibiting organizations from achieving their security goals.

Integration & Cloud Strategy

While integration remains an obstacle to achieving security goals, almost 80% feel it is important to integrate security systems with other buildings and IT systems as part of an organization’s cloud strategy. Currently, photo ID badging, active directory, intrusion and video surveillance are the top four systems organizations integrate into their security systems. The two top non-security systems organizations 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,” says Steven Turney, security program manager, Schneider Electric. “Especially for companies where security management improvements are imminent, it makes sense to consider innovation at every level of their organization to meet their security needs. As businesses are required to be more agile, the cloud helps to unify and simplify security measures so an organization’s data, people and assets are constantly protected.”

The survey was conducted by Morar Consulting in December 2016, with participants from across industries including construction and trade, education, financial services, healthcare, IT/technology, manufacturing and industrial and professional and business services.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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