One of the long-time concerns companies have had about the cloud is the security risk of putting data into a shared environment managed by a service provider. So it’s interesting that one of the growing segments of the market is cloud-based security services. New research from Gartner Inc. says the cloud-based security services market will be worth $2.1 billion in 2013, rising to $3.1 billion in 2015. The firm says growth in cloud-based security will remain strong.

“Encryption will be a new area of growth, but it remains a complex activity,” Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner, said in a statement. “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."

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