Surveys

Cloud Adoption Practices & Priorities Survey Report

The benefits for enterprises moving to the cloud are clear: greater business agility, data availability, collaboration, and cost savings. The cloud is also changing how companies consume technology. Employees are more empowered than ever before to find and use cloud applications, often with limited or no involvement from the IT department, creating what’s called “shadow IT.” Despite the benefits of cloud computing, companies face numerous challenges including the security and compliance of corporate data, managing employee-led cloud usage, and even the development of necessary skills needed in the cloud era. By understanding the cloud adoption practices and potential risks, companies can better position themselves to be successful in their transition to the cloud.

In the 2014 Cloud Adoption Practices and Priorities (CAPP) survey, the Cloud Security Alliance sought to understand how IT organizations approach procurement and security for cloud services and how they perceive and manage employee-led cloud adoption. We asked IT and security professionals for their views on “shadow IT,” obstacles preventing cloud adoption, types of cloud services requested and blocked, security priorities, and governance practices. We uncovered stark differences between how companies in North America and Europe approach the cloud, and even how large enterprises differ from their smaller counterparts. As more IT departments look to play a greater role in enabling the safe adoption of cloud services, we hope these findings can provide some guidance.

Cloud Adoption Practices & Priorities Survey Report

Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities

This survey was circulated to over 165 IT and security professionals in the U.S. and around the globe representing a variety of industry verticals and enterprise sizes. The goal was to understand their perception of how their enterprises are using cloud apps, what kind of data are moving to and through those apps, and what that means in terms of risks.

Beyond raising awareness around cloud service risk, the findings of this survey are intended to provide usage intelligence that helps IT, security, and business decision-makers take action in their organizations – from consolidating and standardizing on the most secure and enterprise-ready cloud services, to knowing what policies will have the most impact, to understanding where to focus when educating users.

Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities Survey

NSA/PRISM Survey Downloads

During June and July of 2013, news of a whistleblower, US government contractor Edward Snowden, dominated global headlines. Snowden provided evidence of US government access to information from telecommunications and Internet providers via secret court orders as specified by the Patriot Act. The subsequent news leaks indicated that allied governments of the US may have also received some of this information and acted upon it in unknown ways. As this news became widespread, it led to a great deal of debate and soul searching about appropriate access to an individual's digital information, both within the United States of America and any other country.

CSA initiated this survey to collect a broad spectrum of member opinions about this news, and to understand how this impacts attitudes about using public cloud providers as well as any other broadly available Internet service. This survey was conducted online via SurveyMonkey from June 25, 2013 to July 9, 2013.

NSA/PRISM Survey

Government Access to Information Survey Results

Government Access to Information Survey Results

The survey received almost 500 responses from CSA members around the world. It found that 56% of non-US residents were now less likely to use US-based cloud providers, in light of recent revelations about government access to customer information.

Release Date: July 23, 2013

Cloud Security Alliance Survey Results

The Cloud Security Alliance is uniquely positioned within the cloud security community. Thousands of active members are able to respond to cloud security-related surveys. This website is a repository of the results from these surveys.

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