Research conducted by leading provider of Security-as-a-Service shows on-premise IT more likely to be attacked than cloud-based infrastructures
HOUSTON, TX – September 18, 2012 – Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today released findings of the company’s semiannual State of Cloud Security Report. The research is based on operational data from over 1,600 business customers with IT infrastructure in both on-premise and service provider and cloud environments, analyzed by the company’s security research team to compare the occurrence, frequency and diversity of more than 70,000 security incidents across seven categories of security threats.
Overall, the report found that on-premise IT infrastructure is more likely to be attacked, more often, and through a broader spectrum of attack vectors than cloud-based infrastructures, countering security concerns about the cloud. Of notable concern is the continuing prevalence of web application attacks affecting customers in both cohorts.
“Web application-level attacks are still in the majority in many different environments,” said Wendy Nather, research director of enterprise security at 451 Research. “For this reason, it matters less whether an application is on-premise or in the cloud; the more important issue is whether its protection is being properly managed. Enterprises should take both available security expertise and resources into account when deciding where to host their systems.”
Key findings from the State of Cloud Security Report – Fall 2012:
“Unfortunately, the cloud security myth is a stereotype that has prevented the industry from focusing on the real issues impacting enterprise security,” said Stephen Coty, research director at Alert Logic. “Rather than falling victim to perception-based beliefs, businesses should leverage factual data to evaluate their vulnerabilities and better plan their security posture.”
To view a free downloadable copy of the State of Cloud Security Report – Fall 2012, please visit www.alertlogic.com/csr.
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