Whether there’s a lack of data security in cloud environments or not is a topic of heated debate. To help clear the air, Dave Shackleford, a well-respected security consultant (Voodoo Security) and SANS Institute instructor, conducts an annual survey interviewing security analysts from a wide range of industries, including technology, cybersecurity, banking and finance, and government.
Shackleford’s interest is well-founded based on the rapid growth of cloud-based services. “Gartner estimates 2017 will see a growth of 18 percent in spending of public cloud services and that cloud adoption will influence more than 50 percent of IT spending through 2020,” writes Shackleford in the paper Cloud Security: Defense in Detail if Not in Depth. In addition, Deloitte Global predicts IT as a Service will capture more than half of all IT spending by 2022.
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