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Security concerns 'biggest barrier' to public cloud adoption

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Among the businesses that are yet to adopt public cloud, the majority (58 percent) are holding off due to cybersecurity concerns.

This is according to a new report from Centrify, based on a poll of 200 UK business decision makers, which also states that more than a third of public cloud (opens in new tab) adopters are less than 80 percent confident in its security.

For most companies, the increasing quantity of machine identities and service accounts is their biggest cybersecurity weakness, as they now form the largest exposure points.

These fears aren't without merit, it seems, as the report also stated that more than a quarter (28 percent) were targeted by a cloud hacking attempt last year.

But despite the risks, many development teams are more interested in getting around security than building it into the DevOps pipeline. Centrify believes this poses a “potentially grim cyber security outlook for 2021.”

“Whilst the common misperception is that cloud security is quite different to that of on-premises infrastructure, it is by no means less secure if common security protocols are followed, and security controls are applied,” said Kamel Heus, VP EMEA for Centrify.

“One core challenge posed by digital transformation is accurately verifying human and machine identities before granting access to systems, applications, and other high-value targets. Therefore, adopting cloud-ready privileged access management software is essential in protecting access to workloads in the public cloud, by granting access only when a requestor’s identity has been properly authenticated.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.