More companies turn to the cloud despite security concerns

October 9, 2012

According to a recent report, more organizations are adopting cloud computing platforms into their infrastructures to improve business efficiency and cut IT costs. 

The survey, conducted by the IDC and commissioned by T-Systems, showed that some IT departments are partnering with cloud providers to solve computing problems. Currently, 44 percent of U.S. executives use the cloud, and many plan to invest in the future. Twenty-six percent of respondents predict that a cloud service can help lower their companies' costs, and 14 percent believe it will provide flexibility for adopting multiple applications. Companies can also use the cloud to send and archive emails, monitor interactions via customer relationship management software and offer employees a simpler way to collaborate on projects to improve productivity, according to the survey.

"As the U.S. cloud services market continues to mature, enterprises find that overall business impact and productivity gains from the cloud are as significant as achieving cost reductions," said David Tapper, IDC's vice president of outsourcing and offshore services market research.

Security concerns
As more owners integrate the cloud into their businesses, security problems are cited as a major concern. As a result, decision-makers are taking precautions to ensure data protection. Experts recommend that companies conduct research and communicate with vendors to determine if a cloud service fits their needs. They should also develop security plans with their providers to keep information safe and install firewalls to their networks to deter a hacker's attempts.

To ensure control over stored data, many corporations are choosing private clouds to develop their own measures for monitoring and maintaining security in the cloud, according to the survey.

Data protection
Business owners should not shoulder all the responsibility when it comes to security. Employees should also take preventative measures to protect personal, company and client data. Experts suggest the use of complex passwords that combine numbers and letters. Individuals are reminded not to leave codes on their desks, which can make it easier for thieves to access a company's server. Workers should also have different passwords for every account, and change them routinely. According to CloudTweaks, some cloud services offer two-step authentication, which require users to input a random security code that was sent to their cell phones.

Because more businesses are using the cloud for its cost-effective storage abilities, it is crucial that employers implement the necessary data loss prevention methods

-McAfee Cloud Security