More businesses investing in cloud computing security services

Monday 4 November 2013

An increasing number of businesses are investing in cloud-based security services, it has been reported.

Gartner believes the size of the market will increase by almost 50 per cent over the next two years, rising from a value of $2.1 billion (£1.3 billion) to $3.1 billion (£1.9 billion) by 2015.

The IT analyst expects the three most sought-after cloud services will be email security, web security services and identity and access management

Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner, commented that the market remains "a viable one", offering providers many opportunities for expansion.

"The strongest interest will be in encryption products from cloud security brokers, which are relatively easy to deploy and have options for on-premises encryption management," he claimed.

Kelly Kavanagh, principal research analyst at Gartner, said the benefits cloud security offers - particularly encryption - are making it "an increasingly popular choice".

"Aside from the broad area of identity and access management, specific controls, such as encryption, are becoming vital to the adoption of cloud computing," he stated.

"They are further helping to generate interest in this particular form of security service delivery."

Microsoft offers a range of cloud services designed to add value to your small and large businesses alike.

Posted by Sarah Parish