Cloud Adoption Is Up — But so Is Risk

Small businesses aren't having trouble keeping up with cloud technology but will the risks of cloud computing scare everyone away?

An increasing number of small businesses are migrating to the cloud even as concerns over security persist.

That’s according to Intel Security’s second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloud Sky.”

The report reveals 80 percent of organizations are currently following a “cloud first” strategy. But cybersecurity remains a concern as 49 percent of organizations say they’ve slowed cloud adoption due to a lack of cybersecurity skills.

Cloud Computing High on Small Businesses’ Agenda

On average, 52 percent of an organization’s data center servers are virtualized, the study finds. Further, most organizations are planning to have the conversion to a fully software-defined data center completed within two years.

“The ‘Cloud First’ strategy is now well and truly ensconced into the architecture of many organizations across the world,” said Raj Samani, EMEA chief technology officer, Intel Security.

“The desire to move quickly toward cloud computing appears to be on the agenda for most organizations. This year, the average time before respondents thought their IT budgets would be 80 percent cloud-based was 15 months, indicating that Cloud First for many companies is progressing and remains the objective.”

That probably explains the growing trust in public cloud services. As the report states, those who trust public clouds now outnumber those don’t by more than 2-to-1.

Risks of Cloud Computing Still a Concern

Although businesses see much value in transitioning to the cloud, cybersecurity presents challenges.

More than half — 52 percent — say they have definitely tracked malware from a cloud application.

For businesses, it makes sense to protect their sensitive data from potential threats. For that, it’s important to have a well-defined information security system in place.

For the report, Intel Security surveyed over 2,000 IT professionals located in different parts of the world.

Image: Intel


Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

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  1. I am still somewhat apprehensive to put everything on the cloud in fear that I may lose some data and I may encounter some security breach. But then, it is good especially if you need to access your files in different platforms.

  2. We should always have a physical data storage for our data back up in order to protect us from record lost. Big and small company are uncertain in engaging in cloud technology because, even though it makes their data more accessible but there is also a high risk that it can be breach by hackers. Investing in cyber security should really be considered.