Cloud services: Secure? Insecure? What’s the answer?

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Microsoft recently commissioned a study of companies with 499 PCs or less in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S. that examined the security, reliability and privacy perceptions and realities of cloud services. 

“We spoke to equal numbers of companies that both use the cloud and do not use the cloud. There was no mention of Microsoft being behind the research and no company, product or service names were discussed,” Adrienne Hall, general manager of Trustworthy Computing, writes over on the Trustworthy Computing Blog.

The study’s results were interesting to say the least, Hall notes.

“Companies that do not use the cloud have some serious concerns when it comes to security, privacy and reliability. In itself that’s perhaps not too surprising – plenty has been written about these ‘barriers’ to adoption. What’s surprising is that the perceptions holding back companies from the cloud are in stark contrast to the realities (and benefits) experienced by similar companies that use cloud services,” she writes.

The full results of the study will be released next week. Meantime, watch the video above to get a short preview about what the study tells us, and get the rest of this story over on the Trustworthy Computing Blog.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff