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Some SMBs Adopting Cloud For Security Benefits

Research commissioned by Microsoft has shown that some small to medium-sized businesses are adopting the cloud for security benefits, while other firms still see security as a barrier to heading skywards.

The study was conducted by comScore across American and Asian SMBs, and found that 35 per cent of US companies indicated that they had benefited from higher levels of security since shifting to the cloud.

A third said they spent less time worrying about cyber attacks after going to the cloud, and American companies that had adopted the cloud said that they spent a third less time every week managing security. A reduced security spend was also noted, with 20 per cent of cloudy firms having cut expenditure on that front over the last three years.

Adrienne Hall, general manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, noted: "There's a perception that security is a barrier to cloud adoption. Yet when companies embrace and invest in cloud services, they find the benefits far outweigh previous concerns."

Indeed, that perception is still in place for many SMBs, as 40 per cent of those non-cloud using businesses cited security concerns as the main reason for not making the leap. Two-thirds wanted to see industry standard security measures in place for the cloud, which would give them the confidence to make the transition.

Eighteen per cent of non-cloud using companies do intend to shift to the cloud in the coming year, but a third said they had "no intention" of doing so, while half were undecided.

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Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.