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Shadow IT growth ‘represents data recovery risk’

A new piece of research has indicated the risk factor in terms of data recovery that comes from the increasing use of cloud computing.

Gigaom Research and CipherCloud conducted the study, which aimed to unearth and make clear the concerns that firms should have when adopting cloud computing as part of their daily operations.

The report is entitled Shadow IT: Data Protection and Cloud Security and came up with a number of findings that could help bosses avoid the scenario whereby they lose access to essential data and documents.

It estimates that over the next year, the cloud computing market will grow by 126.5 per cent, with a 199 per cent increase in Software-as-a-Service and a 126 rise Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

The study also looked into some of the factors that act as the main barriers to firms adopting cloud technologies. The most common concern surrounded security, with 62 per cent of respondents stating it had stopped them from investing.

Meanwhile, 44 per cent admitted they were unsure about the capabilities of the technology, adding that they did not want to invest in something unless it guarantees high-level performance.

At the other end of the scale, 41 per cent highlighted their own ability to utilise cloud technology as the main deterrent, indicating that better training and education may be needed to help the market really take off.

Chief marketing officer at CipherCloud Paige Leidig explained that although the popularity of the service is constantly on the rise, there is still a lot that needs to be done in terms of security.

She explained: “The research underscores the rapid adoption of the cloud by businesses both by IT and line of business employees. It also reinforces security as a key concern and the importance of encryption to ensure data is fully protected and controlled.”

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From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/shadow-it-growth-represents-data-recovery-risk969.aspx

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