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Commenting on research claiming to show that 53pc of senior IT professionals in the public and private sector believe that cloud computing is too insecure for their business usage, SecurEnvoy says that this perception problem is almost certainly down to cumbersome security and authentication technologies.

According to Steve Watts, co-founder of the tokenless two factor authentication specialist, the problem with cloud computing is that the security mechanisms required to secure data as it flows into the cloud - and, perhaps more importantly, when it flows out from the cloud - are both cumbersome and difficult to change. "Encryption technology is now relatively easy to deploy and maintain, but authenticating users tends to be viewed as dependant on a hardware token that must be carried around by the user. And no token invariably means no access. Add in the fact that solving problems takes a finite period of time, and the convenience of the cloud rapidly becomes an inconvenience," he said.

"I think it speaks volumes that IT practitioners are concerned that governance and regulatory concerns are holding them back from storing their company data in a cloud environment, although it is interesting to see that I 6pc are going down this cost-effective route with stringent contracts and solid service level agreements in place," he said. What many of these senior IT security professionals are almost certainly unaware of, he went on to say, is that token less 2FA--using a mobile phone as the authentication...

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