Cloud computing on the rise, security must measure up

The tech world is moving to the cloud faster than you can say ‘Software as a Service.’ As the cloud continues to gain momentum, the security surrounding this growing technology parallels its rapid expansion.

Google Trends show that the search for ‘cloud security’ is on the rise; in the early 2000s, the term was not even on the map, with a search volume of 0. The term stepped the tiniest bit into the spotlight in June 2005, with a search volume of 5 (out of 100—100 representing peak search volume).

‘Cloud security’ showed minute growth up until April 2009, when it had its first real spike in popularity. Since then, it has climbed higher up the internet’s trending topics, reaching an all-time high of 100 in September 2011. It dropped in December and since then, it has maintained a search volume of roughly 60.

The analytics demonstrate that with the rate of cloud implementation soaring, security issues remain a concern. A study by TechTarget reported by Computer Weekly shows that this year, 62 percent of organizations will have either implemented, planned to adopt or looked into cloud security technologies.

There are several organizations dedicated to raising cloud security awareness and making the cloud safer for its users across various sectors.

The international nonprofit Cloud Security Alliance’s mission is:

“To promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.”

Feb. 25, the organization will be hosting a Summit at RSA in San Francisco. The conference will open with a keynote on “National Security and the Cloud,” from Mark Weatherford, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security.

Co-founder of Tiro Security Kris Rides is on the board of the CSA Los Angeles Chapter. If your business uses the cloud, security should be at the forefront of the agenda. Fill your senior-level security requirements through Tiro Security and ask to find out more about our Executive Search options.

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