Survey reveals security concern at increasingly cloud-based companies

Survey reveals security concern at increasingly cloud-based companies

Digital infrastructure could be heavily cloud-based in the near future, with companies eager to store more information than ever and devote large amounts of resources to internal and external functions. To take these systems in, however, companies will need to overcome serious misgivings about security. A recent InformationWeek study confirmed that the cloud has a significant foothold at companies, though safety remains a serious priority.

Security in focus

Security woes have kept many firms out of the cloud. The InformationWeek report showed 38 percent of companies currently use Software-as-a-Service applications in their internal infrastructure. Among the majority still holding out, more than a third confessed to misgivings about the cloud's security status.

"IT professionals need to weigh both the benefits and challenges of using on-premises versus SaaS-based enterprise applications," said InformationWeek's Lorna Garey.

Developing a comprehensive IT security strategy is always important, whether a firm uses applications based on-premise or in the cloud. Firms can take advantage of penetration testing to determine any possible problems with apps and the appropriate response, whether those programs face the customers or internal workers.

Demand goes to government

Desire to change IT through the addition of the cloud is strong, even in fields with intense security demands such as government. An IDC report found 90 percent of public sector IT workers predict cloud adoption will lead to changes in IT infrastructure. This could indicate the inevitability of the cloud, as federal employees have to cope with serious restrictions and still want to find a way to add the systems.

According to the IDC report, the main motive for federal cloud adoption is a rise in financial efficiency. The source indicated many of the decisions relating to the next generation of cloud systems are being made by financial officers rather than traditional tech leaders.