As they look to crack the enterprise market, cloud vendors have been struggling to convince prospective clients that their offerings are as secure as traditional software and services. Many firms are reluctant to adopt technology that takes their most precious data and processes outside of the company firewall.
Google has been right there, fighting to convince firms that the cloud can be every bit as secure — even more so — than on-premises technology. Now, Google has made a big move on the security front, rolling out two-factor authentication for all of its cloud-based apps. eSecurity Planet takes a look.
It seems like every IT vendor is jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon, hoping to appeal to enterprises struggling with limited budgets and the need to do more with less. However, while there have been plenty of success stories, the main stumbling block to wider cloud adoption has been security as IT departments worry about relying on services stored on remote servers they neither own nor control.
Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, said that companies have to look at security in a new way to appreciate the benefits cloud computing offers. “It’s a paradigm shift, just like a hundred years ago when people had to consider moving the money they had always stuffed in their mattresses to banks,” Feigenbaum told InternetNews.com.