Public cloud adoption is soaring across all industries but security concerns continue to hamper widespread migration, as organizations remain concerned about lacking internal skills to maintain their cloud or having an expert partner to rely on for security.
That’s the key takeaway in a new report from Barracuda Networks that surveyed 300 IT decision makers from organizations currently using public cloud Infrastructure as a Service.
The report found that 44 percent of respondents currently run their infrastructure in the public cloud and that number is expected to increase to 76 percent in five years. And for those organizations that have already migrated infrastructure to the cloud, their cloud deployments are expected to nearly double in the same time span.
However, the report notes that 74 percent of respondents have constrained their organization’s public cloud adoption because of worries related to security, with the potential for cyberattacks topping the list of concerns.
“This survey confirms what we are hearing from customers and partners — security remains a key concern for organizations evaluating public cloud, and there’s confusion over where their part of the shared responsibility model begins and ends,” Tim Jefferson, Barracuda’s vice president of public cloud said in a statement.
In addition, organizations are also concerned about lacking outside partners to work with for cloud security or not having employees with the required skillset to maintain their clouds. Moving forward, one of the big challenges for organizations deploying more clouds, according to the report, will be choosing the correct third parties to provide cross-platform solutions and expertise. But those third parties “need a strong understanding of hybrid deployments as well as pure cloud ones,” the report notes.
“The organizations benefiting most from public cloud are those that understand that their public cloud provider is not responsible for securing data or applications and are augmenting security with support from third-party vendors,” Jefferson said.
According to the report, 30 percent of organizations have not added security solutions to their public clouds, despite widespread concern about data being exposed to the public. A near majority of those organizations, however, see a need for added security outside the scope of what they can currently provide.
More findings from the report:
- 58 percent of IT decision makers surveyed said cyberattacks are their biggest concern with the public clouds
- Two thirds of respondents say that their organizations have already added some additional security solutions to their public cloud to protect it during access.
- 57 percent of respondents feel their cloud infrastructure is totally secure
- Respondents also believe that leveraging multiple public cloud providers increases security
- 68 percent of respondents use multiple cloud providers because they feel each platform offers their own benefits
- Among respondents, the most utilized cloud providers are: Azure with 66 percent; AWS with 46 percent and Google Cloud with 36 percent