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Security concerns cause execs to resist cloud adoption

…Despite which, Barracuda Networks study indicates that 76% of surveyed organisations’ IT infrastructure will run on public cloud within the next five years.

Seventy percent of business executives say ‘security concerns’ have restricted their organisation’s adoption of public cloud, according to a new report.

Future Shock: The Cloud Is the New Network, from Barracuda Networks, is based on responses from 750 executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for or knowledge of their organisation’s cloud.

However, the report (conducted by Vanson Bourne) also forecast that 76% of polled organisations’ IT infrastructure will be ‘running in the public cloud’ by the end of 2024, compared to just 45% today – a projected upsurge of at least 56% by the start of 2025.

Secure Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), a type of software service that allows enterprises to securely connect users to public-cloud applications, is reportedly the ‘most effective defence solution of choice’, survey respondents indicate, and has been used by more than 50% of those who have already added security to their public cloud.

“When you consider the abundance of sophisticated cyber attacks that face organisations each day, it’s no surprise to see that such a large percentage of business decision-makers are still cautious when committing to public cloud IT infrastructure,” said Barracuda Networks’ Regional VP for Public Cloud, Chris Hill.

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