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Cloud computing: UK companies adopt eagerly, but often insecurely
This article is part of the October 2011 issue of IT in Europe
Cloud computing appears to be taking off fast in the UK, and while data suggests the vast majority of enterprise customers are becoming increasingly comfortable with cloud-based services, many are uncomfortable with the security ramifications of data in the cloud. Not only are businesses saving capital expenditure on in-house IT equipment thanks to cloud computing, but they are also benefitting from the extra agility and flexibility that cloud services can deliver. It means they can pay for services when they need them, and save money when they don’t. The evidence of this comes from an attitude survey conducted in January and February by market research firm Vanson Bourne on behalf of the Cloud Industry Forum, a trade body for the emerging industry. The researchers asked 450 senior managers who have responsibility for making IT purchasing decisions what they thought about cloud services. The survey sample included a broad spectrum of organisations from both the public and private sectors, and ranged from small companies to large...
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Features in this issue
While UK companies seem eager to move to the cloud with little thought for security, industry bodies are trying to raise awareness of the risks.
Attorney Stewart Room discusses three critical focus areas that will help organizations avoid cloud computing legal issues and SLA conflicts.
Can UK public sector IT overcome its fear of cloud computing risks in order to reap badly needed savings?
Columns in this issue
UK Bureau Chief Ron Condon says by promoting the use of cloud computing in IT, infosec pros have a chance to finally say ‘yes.’