The cloud rolls in with security concerns
Over the past few months, data security and mobile working have been popular topics on our blog. In particular, you may remember reading about data backup with the LaCie Cloudbox as well as mobile working and the importance of security. With data moving to the cloud and workers becoming more remote, issues of security and privacy seem to be moving to the forefront quite quickly.
Recently, a report found that one in four IT decision makers believe that the cloud offers improved security over in-house IT or managed devices according to an article on computing.co.uk. The original report, Cloud Watch asked 250 UK IT leaders across five key sectors about their attitudes towards the cloud. These five sectors included government, retail, healthcare, finance and service providers.
While one in four respondents believe that security fears are over exaggerated and misrepresented, security and privacy issues still seem to be a barrier in the wider adoption by 76 percent. Of those included in the report, 64 percent had concerns about the location on data, 62 percent with the issues involving integration with in-house IT and 60 percent with other hosted services.
More than half (56 percent) of the respondents felt that responsibility for cloud security and new cloud business models should be shared between end user organisations, cloud service providers and application providers.
The report also found that the cloud is on the IT agenda for 52 percent of the companies, 74 percent of which are planning to invent in the next 12 months. However, adopting the cloud was considered critical by a mere 7 percent of the organisations.
Cloud services that are most used include web conferencing, videoconferencing and unified communications.
Have you adopted the cloud? Do you feel more or less secure about/with the cloud?