IT Security Still Big Concern in Moving to the Public Cloud


While breaches are obviously bad news to the companies involved, they can also spell disaster for their customers, too. And the thought of being hacked or experiencing another security threat has still proven to be a top deterrent in moving to the cloud.



Take a look back at the past year and you’ll see a number of companies that have experienced data breaches, hacks, and other security issues. It’s not limited to a certain industry, either: Experian (financial), BlueCross BlueShield (medical), Ashley Madison (online)…and the list goes on.

While breaches are obviously bad news to the companies involved, they can also spell disaster for their customers, too. And the thought of being hacked or experiencing another security threat has still proven to be a top deterrent in moving to the cloud.

In fact, a Dell survey found that while 75 percent of IT decision makers believe C-Suite executives recognize the importance of data security, only 25 percent feel the C-Suite is adequately educated about the issues to make informed decisions.

As a result, nearly two-fifths of all respondents restrict access to the public cloud within their organization, and almost 80 percent said they wouldn’t be willing to upload critical data to the cloud.

This seems like a bit of a rash move. Yes, there have been several breaches in the past year, but oftentimes, that’s a result of a company’s own doing. There’s nothing inherently riskier about the cloud than other IT environments, but most companies aren’t as aware of the proper ways to secure the cloud.

We’ve discussed some proactive steps you can take to ensure a successful experience in the cloud; this includes ensuring everyone within an organization is on the same page when it comes to security, and being ready with an incident response plan should the worst happen.

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