What is holding corporate cloud adoption back?

Cloud computing has been one of the hottest topics in the tech world in recent years. Many businesses have followed the trend and adopted cloud computing to keep up with the growth of the technology.

The number of adoptions may match the hype; however, the scope of cloud computing deployment hasn’t met the potential yet.

Ping Identity has just published a report with new figures on cloud computing adoption in the business world. According to this, only 20 percent of those asked said that more than half of their organization’s IT infrastructure is in the public cloud. Around 75 percent of the polled enterprises are using hybrid cloud computing solutions.

From these figures, it is clear that companies haven’t felt comfortable relying heavily on cloud computing. They want to enjoy the benefits of cloud computing but are not ready to go full cloud. That’s why hybrid cloud is gaining its popularity rapidly. The root of the problem holding cloud adoption back is security.

Although over the years, cloud providers have worked restlessly to prove the security level of cloud computing to their users, many organizations are still in doubt. Around 43 percent out of the 300 surveyed businesses in the US admitted that security was the main issue they had when adopting cloud computing solutions. The same survey showed that 37 percent of organizations found security the biggest obstacle to SaaS adoption.

Businesses have their reasons to be reluctant to fully adopt cloud computing solutions. About 27 percent of the respondents said that they experienced a breach of customer identity data that their companies stored in either a public cloud, on-premises, or a cloud of SaaS app providers. More than 70 percent of companies are investing more in security methods to protect customer identity data.

The report also explored the security tools that businesses are using. Accordingly, around 90 percent of those surveyed mentioned multi-factor authentication as an effective control. Nonetheless, only 60 percent of companies are using multi-factor authentication as a security tool. Other major security methods include identity federation and biometric authentication. The adoption rates of these tools are low at 34 percent and 22 percent respectively.

This year, cloud computing will continue to grow significantly, especially with the combination of AI and big data. Large enterprises now realize that they can’t wait any longer to adopt cloud infrastructure, applications, and services. However, they are also the target of various attacks; therefore, big names will have to bolster their data security in the cloud more than ever.

In order to reduce the concern over cloud security, cloud providers, businesses, and IT experts need to work all together to improve the security of the cloud. When the trust in the security of cloud computing is established, more businesses will adopt cloud computing and more will move a larger part of their businesses to the cloud.

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