Cloud security fears subside once businesses get on board

Databarracks research finds that once an organisation procures one or two cloud services, security concerns fade into the background

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: ‘The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself,’ and this certainly seems to be true in the case of cloud adoption.

New research from Databarracks found that the perceived security threats associated with cloud suddenly abate once an organisation adopts a couple of cloud-based services.

The Data Health Check report, which surveyed over 400 IT decision makers across the UK, found that 81% of organisations with no cloud services at all rated  security as a top factor to consider.

However once a business had one or two cloud services under its belt, the number of organisations rating security as a top priority fell to just 44%, with factors such as provider reputation becoming more significant.

Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, said: “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 organisation and the provider. What we’re actually seeing is organisations moving past the ‘fear of the unknown’, as they experience cloud services first-hand.”

“Once an organisation 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,” he added.

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