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Survey Finds Growing Cloud Usage Despite Security Concerns

by | Apr 1, 2014

Cloud SecurityA new research study from Unisys Corporation recently revealed that CIOs and other senior-level IT leaders are moving an increased percentage of their organizational information into the cloud even as security concerns persists.

The survey, conducted by Unisys and IDG Research, asked more than 350 CIOs and other IT executives about their current and future IT spending priorities. Here are 4 key findings from the study:

1. More than 70 percent of the respondents cited security concerns as their biggest hurdle in deploying cloud-based strategies at their organizations. Other top challenges for cloud deployment include:

  • Information governance  (45 percent of respondents)
  • Ability to meet enterprise standards (42 percent of respondents)

2. Despite concerns mentioned above, more than 50 percent of respondents indicated they have at least one application or a portion of their organization’s IT infrastructure in the cloud (organizations with more than 1,000 employees).

3. 53 percent of senior-level IT leaders at 1,000-plus employee organizations said they expect to increase spending on SaaS and cloud-based applications over the next 12 months.

4. The primary drivers for using cloud-based resources include: speed of deployment, increased flexibility, and enabling business continuity.

Security concerns are not stopping CIOs from making use of the cloud to reduce costs and increase their organizational agility,” said Colin Lacey, vice president, data center and cloud transformation solutions and services, Unisys. “These results show that senior IT leaders are taking a pragmatic, measured approach to cloud adoption, making use of secure private cloud and as-a-service delivery models to ensure secure, consistent delivery of IT services to their employees and customers.”

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