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Security And The Cloud

Looking At The Opportunity Beyond The Obstacle

October 20, 2010


  • By Jonathan Penn
  • with Heidi Shey,
  • Christopher Mines,
  • Chétina Muteba

Why Read This Report

Concerns about security are the most prominent reasons that organizations cite for not adopting cloud services. Therefore, creating more comprehensive security capabilities is a prerequisite for getting organizations to adopt cloud-based services for more complex, business-sensitive, and demanding purposes. Forrester fully expects to see the emergence of highly secure and trusted cloud services over the next five years, during which time cloud security will grow into a $1.5 billion market and will shift from being an inhibitor to an enabler of cloud services adoption. The advent of secure cloud services will be a disruptive force in the security solutions market, challenging traditional security solution providers to revamp their architectures, partner ecosystems, and service offerings, while creating an opportunity for emerging vendors, integrators, and consultants to establish themselves.

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  • Security And Privacy Are The Top Reasons For Not Adopting Cloud
  • Data Security, System Integrity, And Availability Are Top Security Concerns With Cloud
  • Security Concerns Are Higher About Other New Technologies Than About Cloud
  • Many Buyers Want Security From Their Cloud Provider
  • Technical Complexity And Resource Deficiency Challenge IT Security Practices
  • Cloud Adoption: SaaS Leads In Current Adoption And Planned Growth, Followed By IaaS
  • Forecast: Global Spend To Secure Public Cloud Services, 2010 To 2015

Vendor Selection Aids

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  • Cloud Computing Touches Many Sectors Of The ICT Industry

Table of Contents

  • From Security In The Cloud To Security Of The Cloud
  • Cloud Adoption Will Disrupt The Security Market
  • Cloud Security Will Grow To A $1.5 Billion Market By 2015

  • Cloud Security Offers Both Promise And Pitfalls

  • Security Vendor Strategists Must Rethink Security Solutions And Delivery
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents