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Trust in public cloud services continues to grow amongst organisations

Companies are leaving themselves open to online security risks after it emerged that almost two-fifths of cloud services are commissioned without the involvement of IT.

Intel Security’s second annual cloud security report found that trust and perception of public cloud services continues to improve every year.

Now, organisations that consider cloud services to be just as secure or more secure than private clouds outnumber those who don’t trust them by more than two to one.

The research included the input of more than 2,000 IT professionals across a number of organisations, industries and countries.

It revealed that almost half (49 per cent) had stalled cloud adoption due to a lack of cyber security skills, while more than half (52 per cent) said that a malware infection was tracked to the use of a cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) application.


The number of organisations using just the private cloud has dropped from 51 per cent to 24 per cent over the past year, while hybrid cloud use has increased from 19 per cent to 57 per cent. This shift to a hybrid private/public cloud architecture means the data centre has to evolve to a highly virtualised, cloud-based infrastructure.

On average, 52 per cent of an organisation’s data centre servers are virtualised, 80 per cent are using containers and most expect to have the conversion to a fully software-defined data center completed within two years.

Raj Samani, Intel Security’s chief technology officer in Europe, said: “The ‘Cloud First’ strategy is now well and truly ensconced into the architecture of many organisations across the world.

“The desire to move quickly toward cloud computing appears to be on the agenda for most organisations.

“This year, the average time before respondents thought their IT budgets would be 80 per cent cloud-based was 15 months, indicating that Cloud First for many companies is progressing and remains the objective.”

The full report can be downloaded at

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