Security concerns are biggest barrier to public cloud adoption

58 per cent of UK business decision makers identify security concerns as their biggest barrier to adopting public cloud.

Research by Centrify, which surveyed 200 business decision makers, also found that 35 per cent of organisations who have already adopted cloud are less than 80 per cent confident that it’s completely secure.

When asked about security weaknesses, 45 per cent of decision makers said that it is the increasing amount of machine identities and service accounts, such as those used by servers and applications, that are becoming the largest exposure point for their organisation.

According to the survey, 28 per cent of companies have already been targeted by a cloud hacking attempt since the start of the pandemic last year.

Almost a third of business decision makers admitted that their development teams are more interested in getting around security than building it into the DevOps pipeline.

“Adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic has been a bumpy ride for many businesses and, in most cases, companies have had to adopt the public cloud in at least some capacity due to the level of scalability, availability, and efficiency it provides for distributed workforces,” said Kamel Heus, vice president EMEA for Centrify. “Whilst the common misperception is that cloud security is quite different to that of on-premises infrastructure, it is by no means less secure if common security protocols are followed, and security controls are applied.”

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