'Impending security standoff' between customers and cloud providers

The majority of cloud computing providers allocate just 10 per cent or less of IT resources to security, according to a survey from CA and security research firm the Ponemon Institute.

The research showed that less than half of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that "security is a priority". The study found that cloud providers are more focused on delivering benefits such as reduced costs and speed of deployment, rather than security.

Ponemon surveyed 103 cloud service providers in the US and 24 in six European countries for a total of 127 separate providers.

The results of the survey, said the companies, suggest there is a "pending security standoff between cloud providers and cloud users".

The study, "Security of Cloud Computing Providers", showed the majority of cloud providers (79 percent) allocate just 10 percent or less of IT resources to security or control-related activities.

"The focus on reduced cost and faster deployment may be sufficient for cloud providers now, but as organisations reach the point where increasingly sensitive data and applications are all that remains to migrate to the cloud, they will quickly reach an impasse," said Mike Denning, general manager for Security at CA Technologies.