Annual study highlights biggest cloud concerns

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Opinions and attitudes about the cloud are changing constantly. And while most companies are accepting of it as a useful tool, there still are those who have fears and concerns. 

Chief among these concerns, of course, is security. According to Netwrix’s Cloud Security Report, that was the number one issue companies had with the cloud. Seventy percent of respondents listed security and privacy of data as one of their five main cloud concerns.

Also on the list:

  • loss of control over data (53%)
  • data backup and recovery (39%)
  • costs related to cloud adoption (33%)
  • integration with on-premises systems (33%)
  • compliance issues (30%)
  • data center location (27%), and
  • business continuity (23%).

What does ‘security’ mean to you?

Far and away, the biggest security concern involved the theft of data.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they were concerned about account hijacking or other unauthorized access. That was followed by other cloud security concerns, including malware or ransomware infiltrations (37%), launching of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (34%) or the inability to enforce existing security policies on a third-parties site (34%).

Not that these concerns held companies back all that much. Almost a quarter of respondents (24%) said they were broadly implementing cloud technology. And 73% of those surveyed were on board with Software as a Service (SaaS).

For the most part, these respondents were also looking to move to a hybrid cloud option. Forty percent were already using the model, with 55% planning to soon. It would seem most of these users were being won over from the public cloud (with 21% using public cloud currently, but only 9% planning to in the future).

What would it take to win over more?

Forty percent of respondents said there’s no need to move all their infrastructure to the cloud. And 18% said they wouldn’t do so for security reasons and 14% for budgetary ones.

Only 9% said they would consider the move.

While most IT pros are just fine with the current state of affairs, there is room for more to jump onboard with more cloud integration or to get started if they haven’t already.

Factors that could influence this decision included better security mechanisms (56%), lower costs or more budget to play with (54%) and guaranteed compliance and provider’s due diligence (39%).

It’s definitely a balancing act. While there’s plenty of questions about cloud security and the feasibility of switching over, changing in the future could only get harder. Things to consider:

  • Security risks are everywhere. The cloud doesn’t have a monopoly on security risks. If your current system isn’t secure enough, switching to the cloud may be equally or less dangerous.
  • Costs can go up. Cloud costs are far from static. There’s always the chance that what you save by switching in the short term, but if your contract terms change, you could wind up paying a lot more.
  • Who knows what’s next? Technology changes rapidly. A few years ago, no one could’ve expected the cloud would become so popular. Switching to the cloud now may seem smart, but in the future, it could be replaced sooner than you think.