UK businesses demonstrate accelerated cloud computing uptake

According to a recent survey, firms in the UK are taking to cloud computing solutions much faster than those located in other EU states, although there is growing concern over the lack of proper risk assessment of these new platforms.

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) complied answers from its members and discovered that the European average for cloud uptake was around 30 per cent, whilst in the UK 40 per cent of businesses are already using some form of cloud computing solution.

Around 25 per cent of UK-based enterprises and firms said that they had made the switch to the cloud without having total confidence in the security of the platform. Most are aware of the potential rewards from the point of view of productivity and cost-effectiveness, but there is still a concern that there is insufficient understanding of the associated risks.

The ISACA’s Paul Williams said that the average UK organisation would have to manage the risks of cloud computing at all times as a core part of their operation. He also said that in business it is perfectly acceptable to take risks as long as adequate calculations were made and contingencies put in place.

In the UK the survey found that firms were more likely to invest in managing risks in IT and the organisation as a whole. This trends shows a divergence from other European businesses, which start from the ground up with the training of staff in risk assessment.

The ISACA has over 1500 members and it found that the majority of these businesses were worried about the exposure to issues created by negligent or malicious employees. The second and third biggest issues were the installation of third party software and the use of unofficial online services on internal systems.

Social networking, which was identified as becoming problematic for several organisations in the recent report, was otherwise shown to be a relatively benign threat in the minds of most business leaders.

It is unclear as to whether the report suggests that UK businesses are being enterprising or foolhardy in their pursuit of cloud computing solutions for storage and backup, but there is no doubt that most experts believe the cloud to hold the future for commerce.

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