The of RSA Art Coviello addressed the RSA conference in San Francisco with words of warning. Coviello said that information security professionals must up their game in order to be in line with what he feels will be the inevitable move to cloud computing.

The takeoff of cloud computing will be down to businesses looking to cuts costs after the recession, according to Coviello. He said that businesses will first virtualise their non-critical functions, then their critical functions, before moving to the internal cloud and finally integrating public and private clouds, and security service providers will need to create security policies to match those new challenges.

“The industry must play a role to ensure security is built in so that organisations from the smallest to the largest can use cloud computing, confident that their data is secure,” he said. “We believe this level of assurance is possible. Cloud computing will complete the transformation of IT infrastructures unleashed by the internet. Security professionals must lead, embrace the challenge and seize the opportunity.”

Meanwhile, security services specific to cloud products are doing their best to at least appear to be on top of the game. Email security service provider MessageLabs released its February report, declaring that “41.6 percent of all web-based malware intercepted was new in February, a decrease of 0.1 percent since January.

“MessageLabs Intelligence also identified an average of 4,998 new websites per day harboring malware and other potentially unwanted programs such as spyware and adware, an increase of 184 percent since January.”

Similarly, Google’s Postini this month released Message Log Search, which allows email users to search and analyse their email account, meaning that customers no longer need to go through customer support to access this data.