A recent study commissioned by XO Communications has revealed that a majority of businesses are concerned about security of their cloud data.
Up to 56 percent of those interviewed for the study said that security gaps at the connection point between their Wide Area Network (WAN) and public cloud service providers may compromise their data used in the cloud.
XO Communications commissioned IDG to conduct research regarding business concerns about the security and visibility of wide area network (WAN) connection points with the public cloud. The survey respondents were employees at organizations that plan to connect their WAN to a public cloud services provider.
Jake Heinz, the senior vice president of marketing and product at XO Communications said it is of great importance for businesses to be assured that their cloud data is secured all the time. “The economic advantages of leveraging public cloud services are crystal clear. Public cloud services enable businesses to compete in their industry sector with increased agility and scalability to meet specific customer demands,” Heinz noted.
“Companies employing a network-enabled cloud solution enjoy security inherent in the XO MPLS IP-VPN service. XO reduces security risks noted in the report through direct connections from our MPLS IP-VPN network to major cloud-based services and applications.” Visibility and management of the connection between the WAN and the public cloud provider is a growing challenge that many IT departments are now facing.
According to the study, only thirty-eight percent of respondents have excellent or very good visibility into their WAN cloud connection points. This lack of visibility has led many organizations to deploy or investigate a solution to protect network traffic. Heinz further said it is regrettable that Security gaps put companies at risk of data breaches that can cost organizations millions of dollars. With the study, XO is taking a leading role in helping address the issue.