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A study conducted by ComScore on behalf of Microsoft surveying SMBs in the UK, France and Germany suggests 96 per cent of companies that have adopted cloud services believe that they have gained security benefits as a result.

The survey compared the perceptions of cloud and non-cloud adopting SMBs

The survey compared the perceptions of cloud and non-cloud adopting SMBs

The research, which surveyed 321 SMBs, aims to better understand cloud adopters’ perceptions about the technology’s benefits relating to improved security and privacy, reliability, better time management and cost savings. ComScore also surveyed 314 companies that haven’t adopted cloud services in order to better understand how their perceptions on security, privacy and reliability create barriers to their use of cloud services.

According to the study, 96 per cent of SMBs that have adopted cloud services believe they have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they did not have with their on-premises services (anti-virus, spam), and 94 per cent believe the security of the overall organisation has been improved as a result of cloud adoption. 84 per cent believe that they have experience improved service reliability as a result.

However, of the SMBs who haven’t yet adopted cloud services, 56 per cent have cited concerns around data security as primary inhibitors, and 53 per cent are concerned about reliability.

This means that while most of those who have shifted to the cloud see security and reliability among the chief benefits of moving away from their on-premises systems, just over half of those who aren’t shifting to the cloud see security and reliability as key barriers to its adoption.

It could be that these results speak to possible misconceptions some businesses may have about the security threats posed by moving to the cloud because the gap between these results seem to suggest a huge shift in perceptions once SMBs actually adopt cloud services.

About 40 per cent of non-cloud users reported that they would consider cloud adoption if there were proof of security benefits, while 20 per cent of respondents reported having cross industry standards on cloud security is essential for them to make the swtich.

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