A study has revealed that companies’ concerns about the use of cloud computing services are starting to ease.
While data security issues are still the main concern, the study indicates that the level of fear is now falling. The study, which was carried out by the Cloud Security Alliance, reveals that the average data security professional receives 10.6 requests for new cloud-related services each month and that more than 70% of companies have put a process in place for requests for new cloud services.
The study points out that moving over to the cloud need not put a company at risk if the right policies are established. More than 200 data security and IT professionals took part in the survey, which covered topics as diverse as the percentage of the business entrusted to cloud computing and the need to hire a chief information security officer (CISO) to help combat the threat of cyberattacks.
The report shows that customer relationship management (CRM) systems are the most widely-used cloud computing systems; however, many companies are also planning to move HR and sales systems over to the cloud. Almost 65% of IT managers believe that cloud services are now as secure as, or are more secure than, software that is hosted on site.
The survey revealed that companies are more likely to be prepared for a potential cyberattack if they have a CISO, and that a lack of skilled security professionals remains an issue.
Finally, almost one-quarter of companies are prepared to pay a large ransom to prevent hackers taking control of their data.