Companies still pushing forward with the cloud despite lack of confidence

Companies still pushing forward with the cloud despite lack of confidence

Companies across the UK are continuing to push ahead with the adoption of the cloud, despite confidence levels in its security hitting an all-time low, new research has suggested.

A study conducted by BT covers 11 countries and found that over three-quarters of IT decision makers are "extremely anxious" about security using cloud-based services.

According to BT the level of trust has fallen by as much as 76 per cent, a substantial increase on the ten per cent recorded in 2012.

However, it seems those concerns have not harmed the adoption of such technology, with as many as 70 per cent of business executives claiming to be using cloud storage and web applications within the operations of their firm.

There is also perception among many companies that cloud offerings aimed at commercial users are often too expensive, with 48 per cent of global respondents claiming cost to be a factor.

Yet security is still by far one of the biggest issues for many potential customers, with as many as 41 per cent of people around the world claiming to find the cloud to be inherently insecure.

Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, said: "The adoption of cloud services has increased rapidly across the globe. Organisations are looking to reap the numerous benefits – such as scalability, fast deployment and ubiquitous network access – these services can offer. It is an interesting paradox that the survey has exposed – on the one hand decision makers are concerned about the security implications of using public cloud services but on the other, their buying decisions seem to be driven by short term cost perceptions."

Mr Hughes added that it was therefore important for organisations to undertake a thorough risk analysis before opting for a cloud service.

Despite the sometimes negative feelings towards the cloud, it is important for companies to realise there are a number benefits that come with its implementation. However, it is important that firms have every base covered when it comes to security.