Cloud computing creates opportunities for hackers, survey claims

25 August 2010

Almost all of the technology professionals questioned in a recent survey said that cloud computing can create more opportunities for hackers.

A study by Fortify Software showed that 96 per cent of IT executives stated that utilising this technology could lead to IT security infrastructures becoming vulnerable.

As many as 89 per cent said that vendors of cloud technology are not doing enough to address security concerns surrounding cloud technology.

Software-as-a-Service was cited as the most vulnerable by more than a fifth of respondents.

Other areas such as communication profiles and log files were also thought to be weaker areas of IT security infrastructure.

Barmak Meftah, chief products officer at Fortify, said: “More than anything, this research confirms our ongoing observations that cloud vendors - as well as the IT software industry as a whole - need to redouble their governance and security assurance strategies when developing solutions, whether cloud-based or not, as all IT systems will eventually have to support a cloud resource.”

The results of a study published earlier in the year by Gartner predicted that cloud computing will contribute towards 20 per cent of businesses not needing to own any IT assets by 2012.

By Jim Ottewill

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