Thursday, 08 April 2021 07:00

Study into cloud adoption reveals data security gap

  • Rapid Adoption and Increased Reliance on Cloud Services for Data Recovery
  • Misconception Around Cloud Data Security Responsibility
  • Concerns Around Cloud Data Compliance and Security

A study by StorageCraft, an Arcserve company, released today has revealed the first in a series of findings of its annual independent global research study on experiences and attitudes of IT decision-makers (ITDM) around data protection and recovery.

The research reveals a widespread increase in cloud adoption because of COVID-19. It also indicates a widespread misconception around the responsibility for backup and recovery of data in the cloud and a lack of confidence in the security of data held by public cloud service providers.

When asked if COVID-19 had impacted cloud adoption,

47% of respondents noted accelerated adoption of cloud services for data management.
59% of respondents confirmed increased use of cloud backup services.
39% of respondents stated they increasingly rely on cloud services for data recovery.
56% said they had increased the use of the cloud for IT infrastructure (IaaS).

Despite the accelerated adoption of cloud services, the study showed a lack of clarity and confidence regarding the protection and recovery of data stored in public clouds.

45% believe data backed up to a public cloud (AWS, Azure, Office365, etc.) is not as safe as data backed up on-premises. This concern was particularly prevalent in organizations with over 1PB of data, where 69% believe data backed up to a public cloud is not as safe as data backed up on-premises.
44% of respondents believe the protection and recovery of data stored in public clouds is the cloud provider's responsibility instead of the data owner.

The widespread misconception (44%) that the protection and recovery of data stored in public clouds is the cloud provider's responsibility is concerning. Companies transitioning to cloud services must understand that data held in public cloud services and applications is a shared responsibility between the data owner and the cloud provider.

The full article can be viewed on the StorageCraft web site here.

CloudConnX fully understand these issues and has supplied both cloud and on-premise backup and recovery solutions since 2012. If you have any concerns about security of your data, please contact us to speak to one of our experts.