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Saturday 21 July 2018


Cloud adoption strong despite fears over cyber, GDPR risks

Written by staff reporter

Businesses are pressing ahead with digital transformation plans, despite fears of being hit by a cyber attack or data protection regulations according to a new report. The independent research commissioned by IT and software provider Advanced questioned over 500 senior executives in UK organisations about their attitudes to using the cloud as part of their digital plans. Most organisations surveyed are concerned about security (82%) and data protection (68%) in the cloud but 80% of them are not put off from adopting the cloud following recent high-profile cyber attacks such as WannaCry.

A third (33%) of organisations say they are experienced in the cloud and continue to consider it for all new projects, while 37% have recently launched cloud computing projects for the first time.

The report revealed a number of common concerns and challenges facing businesses. The survey found that businesses want better support if they are to execute their digital transformation plans effectively. Security is the biggest barrier, with 76% saying that governments should do more to protect businesses and their customers from a cyber attack.

Meanwhile, 82% of organisations want to see cloud providers do more to build confidence among those looking to adopt a digital transformation strategy. When asked what they look for in a provider, most say financial stability (69%), data held in a UK location (65%) and local support (58%) – above typical benefits touted by providers including scalability (46%) and the breadth of application offerings (38%).

Jon Wrennall, CTO at Advanced, says: “It’s encouraging to see businesses are undeterred from using the cloud, which is fast becoming the right choice for many to drive efficiencies, innovate and grow. Sadly we are seeing the same concerns around security and data protection reported over and over again. It’s right to be concerned about security; it’s time that all of us as cloud services providers take a reality check.

He added that all players in the market need to give clear guidance on security responsibilities and support organisations in being better protected, ensuring devices and applications are properly patched and secured, pointing out that those writing the software are clearly best placed to provide this. He said: “With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force next year we also have a duty of care to provide clarity on how data is being stored and secured in the cloud.”

Tom Thackray, director of innovation at the CBI, said: “Digital technologies offer businesses the length and breadth of the UK the tools and platforms needed to start, scale and reach a global audience. Technologies like cloud now underpin much of the UK business infrastructure and there is a clear intent from companies to keep up with the pace of change. But with great digital opportunities comes an element of risk – companies must ensure cyber security is a boardroom priority and work closely with suppliers and customers to remain cyber resilient.”

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