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 Security Concerns Now Boost rather than Inhibit the Cloud
Security Concerns Now Boost rather than Inhibit the Cloud
Time icon15 March 2016, 9:24 am

<>While the benefits of the cloud are apparent, security concerns have hitherto prevented CIOs and top management from embracing cloud technologies wholeheartedly. However, this is poised to change in 2016. 

Until now, migrating data to the cloud was associated with loss of control over the data, to a third party service provider, and a high risk of data loss. However, of late businesses are doing a rethink, and increasing viewing the cloud as an effective means to keep critical information and systems safe, in the eventuality of a security strike in their on-premises assets. 

Many businesses now realise they do not have the in-house expertise required to combat advanced cyber threats they face, and they are better off relying on the security systems in place that professional cloud service providers offer. As always, relying on a cloud provider to keep data safe is far more cost effective than deploying comparable security measures on-premises. Security considerations are thus becoming an accelerator, rather than an inhibitor, of cloud adoption.

A recent study conducted by Vanson Bourne, and released by Rackspace lists security as one of the top three motivators for businesses to embrace cloud computing, in 2016. The other two popular reasons for migration were reducing IT costs, and improving resilience.

The advancements in technology that make resolving the security challenges posed by the cloud, much easier than it was ever before, has contributed to the change of mind set in a big way. Most cloud providers now have advanced security measures, including military grade encryption, in place. Vanson Bourne’s survey reveals only 20 percent of users encounter security and privacy related problems, when migrating to the cloud, and 17 percent of them could find a resolution to the issue, on taking expert advice. About 58 percent of users have moved business critical data to the cloud.