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Which concerns sap confidence in the cloud?

Cloud is increasingly seen as a business enabler, but concerns persist.

A 50-country survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) has found that business enablers are the primary factors in making cloud decisions, ahead of financial considerations.

Environmental considerations are the least important, at least in the minds of the 250 respondents (85% of whom were cloud users).

The issues that respondents felt least confident about were (with the least listed first):

Government regulations keeping pace with the market
Exit strategies
International data privacy
Legal issues
Contract lock in
Data ownership and custodian responsibilities
Longevity of suppliers
Integration of cloud with internal systems
Credibility of suppliers
Testing and assurance

"One of the most interesting findings is that governance issues recur repeatedly on the list of the top 10 concerns," said Greg Grocholski, CISA, international president of ISACA.

"Cloud users recognise the value of this model, but are wrestling with such questions as data ownership, legal issues, contract lock-in, international data privacy and government regulations."

"As cloud services continue to evolve, it is critical that we work together as an industry to provide insights and recommendations on these issues so that service and solution providers can look to innovate and deliver what the cloud services market needs to advance and what enterprises need to succeed," he added.

Respondents felt it would be take around four years before cloud is regarded as a mature technology.

The survey report is available here.


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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.


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