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Security ‘misconceptions’ shattered as cloud adoption rises

The perceived security threats associated with cloud services become less of an issue as businesses adopt more cloud services. This is according to Databarracks’ fifth annual Data Health Check report, which surveys over 400 IT decision makers in the UK.

The report, which questions IT leaders from organizations of various sizes and industries, revealed that 81 percent of organizations that had adopted no cloud services rated security as a top factor to consider when selecting a potential provider, with core factors such as functionality scoring as poorly as 38 percent.

Once an organization has adopted two or more cloud services, however, the importance of security falls to just 44 percent with factors such as provider reputation becoming much more important overall.

Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, comments: “This isn’t a case of security becoming less important as you adopt more cloud services – data security is always going to be a priority for both the organization and the provider. What we’re actually seeing is organizations moving past the ‘fear of the unknown’, as they experience cloud services first-hand.

“We’ve been hearing it for years: security is the biggest inhibitor of cloud services. CSPs have been striving to change that perception, so it’s promising to actually see the attitudes change as the market matures. Once an organization actually uses a cloud service, they realise that the practicalities of working with a provider – the functionality, the location of their data centres - become far more important than the security risks they once feared.”

Download the full Data Health Check 2014 here.

•Date: 4th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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