The shift towards cloud computing is increasing amongenterprises indicating it is not just a solution appealing to SMEs but securityconcerns are rife among customers.
According to research from security distributor ComputerLinks largerorganisations have moved or are planning to shift to the cloud to hostapplications but they are concerned about the integrity of their data.
The survey showed that 58% of companies had invested incloud computing but a similar number still viewed security as an issue.
Dave Ellis, director of e-security, professional services and training atComputerLinks, said that it was understandable that companies sharing their “crownjewels” would be worried about security.
“When the data leaves the physical barriers and there ispotentially a third party that has got access to that they need to ensure theyhave protection and their cloud supplier has that capability,” he said.
He added that customers were likely to ask resellerspitching cloud services to show evidence of having thought about security withprotection embedded in contracts, particularly as larger companies startingusing the cloud.
“The pay as you go model is becoming more widely accepted,”he added that resellers offering a blend of security and cloud applicationswere in a good position to exploit the current demand.