Forrester Analyst: Don't Fear the Cloud, Prepare for It
A distinct message about cloud services emerged from a keynote panel discussion held at Forrester's Security Forum 2010: Don't fear them.
During the panel, hosts Chenxi Wang of Forrester, Eran Feigenbaum, Google Apps director of security, and Archie Reed, HP cloud security chief technologist found that despite security concerns, businesses are using cloud services more and more.
"Cloud computing in itself doesn't necessarily lead to more or less security," Wang said. "You need to evaluate the security maturity of the cloud provider, just as you would in a traditional outsourcing scenario."
It's critical for businesses to determine their security and risk requirements and assess a provider to see if it's a match before adoption takes place, researchers said.