Dome9 Security Sponsored Study Finds 67 Percent of Cloud Servers are Perceived Vulnerable

. November 8, 2011 . 0 Comments

Dome9 Security™, the leading provider of cloud security management for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and virtual private servers (VPS), and the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm, today announced the results of a first-of-its-kind cloud security study, which found that 67 percent of IT security respondents report that their organization is very vulnerable or vulnerable because cloud ports and firewalls are not adequately secured. Furthermore, 54 percent of respondents said their organizations’ IT personnel are not knowledgeable or have no knowledge about the potential risk of open firewall ports in their cloud environments.

The study “Cloud Security: Managing Firewall Risks” was independently conducted by the Ponemon Institute, one of the world’s foremost authorities on data security and privacy, and was sponsored by Dome9 Security. The research was conducted to determine the challenges organizations face when managing access and securing firewalls and ports in cloud environments. The study analyzed responses from 682 IT and IT security practitioners in the United States working in organizations that use hosted or cloud servers (dedicated or virtual private servers). On average, respondents have more than 10 years of IT or IT security experience, and 40 percent come from organizations with 5,000 employees or more in globally dispersed locations.

“We believe this is the first study to look at the risk to cloud security because of unsecured ports and firewalls, and the results are very revealing,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute. “It is commonly accepted that organizations believe they struggle with security in the cloud, but this study gets to a root of the problem. For example, more than half of the respondents said it is very likely or likely that administrative cloud server ports left open for access expose the organization to increased hacker attacks and security exploits. Nineteen percent say these exploits have already happened.”

For a copy of the study, see: http://www.dome9.com/resources/ponemon-cloud-security-study

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