Australian businesses lack cloud confidence

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 29 September, 2014

Australian businesses lack cloud confidence

Three in four Australian businesses are adopting cloud-based storage and web applications, yet their confidence in the cloud remains low.

A survey of IT decision-makers conducted by BT shows that data security is the main concern with cloud services, shared by 84% of the Australian respondents.

Some 62% of Australian respondents have the impression that all cloud services are inherently insecure and 40% admit they are “very or extremely anxious” about the security implications posed by cloud services.

Trusting a third party is also a concern for 70% of Australian IT decision-makers. These fears may not be unfounded, with 53% of Australians surveyed stating they had suffered a data breach where their cloud service provider was to blame.

“The survey has exposed an interesting paradox. 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,” BT Security President Mark Hughes said.

One issue is the fact that 61% of Australian IT leaders surveyed state that they have adopted mass-market consumer cloud services, rather than those tailored to the enterprise, he said.

“We invite these decision-makers to also weigh up the reputational cost and impact on their brand of a cloud security breach. Enterprise cloud applications and services are designed to help businesses realise the possibilities in the cloud while substantially decreasing risk.”

Image courtesy of Fiona Henderson under CC

Related Articles

Picking the right cloud could save your business

As the enterprise software market moves rapidly to the cloud, businesses need to know which kind...

Australian organisations under constant malware attack

Zscaler has revealed it is blocking 1.5 million malware attack attempts and 150,000 botnets per...

Continuous oversight key to managing cloud risks

IT governance industry association ISACA has published a white paper outlining best-practice...

  • All content Copyright © 2020 Westwick-Farrow Pty Ltd