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Cloud moving into enterprise but security a concern

Microscope contributor

The shift towards cloud computing is increasing among enterprises indicating it is not just a solution appealing to SMEs but security concerns are rife among customers.

According to research from security distributor ComputerLinks larger organisations have moved or are planning to shift to the cloud to host applications but they are concerned about the integrity of their data.

The survey showed that 58% of companies had invested in cloud computing but a similar number still viewed security as an issue.

Dave Ellis, director of e-security, professional services and training at ComputerLinks, said that it was understandable that companies sharing their “crown jewels” would be worried about security.

“When the data leaves the physical barriers and there is potentially a third party that has got access to that they need to ensure they have protection and their cloud supplier has that capability,” he said.

He added that customers were likely to ask resellers pitching cloud services to show evidence of having thought about security with protection embedded in contracts, particularly as larger companies starting using the cloud.

“The pay as you go model is becoming more widely accepted,”he added that resellers offering a blend of security and cloud applications were in a good position to exploit the current demand.


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