Insecurity worries keep firms out of the Cloud

Insecurity and privacy worries are keeping companies out of the Cloud, according to new research from the US non-profit organisation, the IT Governance Institute (ITGI).

Forty per cent of top managers say they are not planning to adopt cloud computing, according to the outfit's research, which says that 47 per cent of those with cold feet cite security worries, while 50 per cent are losing sleep over privacy concerns. Some 35 per cent of nay-sayers reckon legacy infrastructure investments are barriers to adoption.

The latest Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT study polled 834 executives from 21 countries, divided almost evenly between business executives (CEOs, CFOs and COOs) and IT executives (CIOs and heads of IT).

Of the executives who use, or plan to use, cloud computing for IT services, 60 per cent would stick to non-mission critical operations while 40 per cent would also trust the cloud for mission-critical IT services.

"Assessing the value of current investments, building consensus among stakeholders and mitigating risk with third-party providers all require a comprehensive governance framework for organisations to be sure they are doing the right things and doing things right," said ITGI international vice president, Ken Vander Wal.

"Emerging technologies such as cloud computing and outsourcing can be managed effectively by integrating good governance over IT," he said.

The ITGI study analyses the degree to which the concept of Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT) is accepted by managers. It is available from this link.