CIOs uncertain to embrace cloud

Date:   Wednesday , January 02, 2013

IT security threats have always been an issue of concern for CIOs. The problem has amplified since the introduction of neoteric trends in the IT Sector such as mobility and cloud. Hackers are constantly on the prowl to grab enterprise data. So when it comes to incorporating cloud in their daily work operations the CIOs find themselves in a catch 22 situations.


The world has seen a significant increase in the number of cloud users in 2012 amounting to approximately 61 percent in 2012 as compared to 41 percent in 2011. Around 10 12 percent were unperturbed towards cyber security.


Nonetheless, CIOs are reluctant to shift to cloud despite the advantages it offers in terms of cost reduction and flexibility of service.
But with the availability of security measures such as improved physical security, business continuity processes, external audit provider as well as the means to identify management systems it just might prompt the CIOs to think otherwise and move to cloud.


The findings are based on the survey conducted by Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) which concluded that around 45 percent of the companies do not test the security systems and procedures provided by the vendors despite the surge in the security threats. These statistics indicate that either there is an inherent trust in cloud service providers; that they have good security governance in place or there is a lack of visibility of potential risks associated with using them.


Whatever may be the case, cloud service seems to be an intriguing topic that needs to be handled with care and analyze the pros and cons before CIOs make the leap.