Cloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security Concerns

Cloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security Concerns 

Cloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security ConcernsCloud Apps Rise Despite Cloud Security Concerns

Although cloud security continues to be of concern, companies are increasing storage and applications hosted in the cloud.

Benefits of the CloudBenefits of the Cloud

Availability: 46%, Cost reduction: 41%, Flexible scalability: 36%

Cloud InvestmentsCloud Investments

20% of respondents have invested 25% of their IT infrastructure in the cloud. For 38% of organizations, cloud investments represent 15% of their overall IT infrastructure investment.

Barriers to Cloud AdoptionBarriers to Cloud Adoption

General security risks: 53%, up 8% from last year. Legal and regulatory compliance: 42%, up 13% from last year. Data loss and leakage risks: 40%, up 1% from last year. Integration with existing IT environments: 35%, up 6% from last year. Lack of expertise: 26%, up 10% from last year.

Top Cloud Service DeliveryTop Cloud Service Delivery

61% of organizations use SaaS models. 53% use IaaS and 39% use PaaS as their cloud service delivery models.

Cloud Service ProvidersCloud Service Providers

Amazon AWS dominates cloud services and is used by 45% of respondents. Microsoft Windows Azure follows with 39%. The rest are as follows:VMware: 18%, Rackspace: 11%, IBM: 8%, Softlayer/IBM: 5%

Data StorageData Storage

Email is the most common corporate information stored in the cloud (44%). Customer data (names, contact information) follows at 31%, sales marketing data also at 31%, and employee and payroll data at 30%.

Sensitive Information StorageSensitive Information Storage

Only 18% of respondents store intellectual property information in the cloud. 12% store employee health care data in the cloud.


The percentage of organizations with more than half of their applications deployed in the cloud (16%) doubled since last year, when it was 8%.

Most Popular AppsMost Popular Apps

The five most popular apps deployed in the cloud are: Microsoft Office 365: 41%, Salesforce: 27%, Exchange: 24%, Google Apps: 20%, Dropbox: 17%

Cloud Security ConcernsCloud Security Concerns

91% of organizations are very or moderately concerned about public cloud security. The breakout: 44% are very concerned and 47% are moderately concerned. Despite this, adoption of cloud computing is rising.

Cloud Apps Vs. On-Premise AppsCloud Apps Vs. On-Premise Apps

52% of respondents believe cloud apps are as secure, or more secure, than on-premise applications, up from 40% last year.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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