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Businesses misunderstand their responsibilities when it comes to cloud data security

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Covid-19 has led organizations to use cloud for a wider range of use cases, especially as means of data backup. Despite the increase in usage, however, most organizations are still not in the clear about their responsibilities regarding data security and recovery.

This is according to a new report from data protection firm StorageCraft, based on a poll of 709 IT decision-makers from around the world, which states that almost half (48 percent) increased the adoption of cloud services for data management as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most (61 percent) use the cloud for backup services, as well as for IT infrastructure (57 percent).

Still, misconceptions about the security of data residing in the public cloud are rampant. Almost half of the respondents (44 percent) believe data backed up to a public cloud isn’t as safe as when backed up on-prem, going up to almost three quarters (69 percent) among organizations with more than 1PB of data. 

Furthermore, two in five believe keeping this data safe and recoverable is the responsibility of the cloud provider, instead of being a shared responsibility with the data owner.

Compliance, lack of control over data, and security concerns are the main roadblocks to further cloud adoption, the report also found.

"Organizations are increasingly looking to cloud services as part of a hybrid data center strategy to help manage the cost and complexity of their data environments which have typically become even harder to manage with the move to remote working," said Shridar Subramanian, CMO at Arcserve. 

"It is encouraging that many plan to increase data security and back up investments with their MSPs. The expertise MSPs bring to the table will ensure these organizations will have well-defined and tested data protection and recovery plans in place."