IT security has been a top concern among CIOs, IT professionals and, well, just about everybody, but when it comes to the cloud, it seems like some of the biggest concerns—mostly regarding cloud being less secure than traditional IT systems—had tapered off. But maybe they haven't, according to a survey conducted by PerspecSys at the recent RSA Conference.

PerspecSys released the results of the survey of 130 IT security professionals, and the results are a bit surprising. Many in the cloud realm have been discussing how cloud security has become all important and frequently even safer than traditional IT systems, but the survey results show a lot of concern and challenges left within the IT department.

A few of the most interesting findings from the survey include:

  • Of the 130 pros surveyed, 74 percent said they believe security for cloud-based data in 2014 will be a bigger concern than securing on-premise data.
  • 66 percent of those IT security pros said they still view the cloud as more difficult to secure than on-premise options.
  • Nearly 31 percent of respondents said they do not allow employees to access cloud applications such as Salesforce (CRM) and Dropbox from mobile devices, but they know employees are doing it, anyway.
  • And 31 percent of organizations do not have any significant security protocols in place for employees using cloud applications.

Much of the survey seems to be based off perception, but there's still a good lesson to be learned from the results. Security still isn't easy to nail down, and the cloud is still seen as a potential risk.

As the channel continues to sell customers on the benefits of the cloud, helping to allay some of those security fears may be prudent in earlier discussions.