The cloud conundrum: Can I trust my data in the cloud?

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Talk to any business owner today about the company’s IT (and cloud, specifically), and invariably one of the first things they’ll mention is security. Can I trust my data in the cloud?

It is, perhaps, the most important question a company can ask when it comes to the cloud, and any provider must be able to effectively answer it.

With high-profile data breaches dominating the headlines, businesses have a right to worry about whether their data is vulnerable to attack.

KPMG’s latest cloud computing study found that these concerns still represent the primary barrier to cloud adoption. Among the enterprise executives surveyed,  53 percent identified data loss and privacy concerns as a barrier to cloud adoption, while 50 percent said they fear risk of intellectual property theft.

That same study says that 82 percent of enterprise executives evaluate cloud service providers on security first, followed by data privacy (81 percent).

While this may sound like doom-and-gloom, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of cloud security. In a recent Thoughts on Cloud interview, IBM security chief Brendan Hannigan said that IBM sees the cloud as “an opportunity to fundamentally improve the way security is delivered for our customers’ important data and applications.”

So, cloud can actually improve data security. But that still doesn’t fully answer the core question: Can I trust my data in the cloud?

We recently gathered a group of cloud experts and put the question to them. Here’s what they had to say:

So what do you think? Can we trust our data in the cloud? Tell us in the comments or let us know on Twitter @IBMCloud.

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