Companies are holding back on cloud investments over fears for the security of their data, according to research from the IT Governance Institute (ITGI).
Half of the 834 executives from 21 countries polled said they are delaying cloud implementation in light of security concerns, and over a third are waiting until they get the full value from installed systems.
"Emerging technologies such as cloud computing and outsourcing can be managed effectively by integrating good governance over IT," said Ken Vander Wal, international vice president of the ITGI.
"Assessing the value of current investments, building consensus among stakeholders and mitigating risk with third-party providers all require a comprehensive governance framework for organisations to be sure they are doing the right things."
However, it is clear from the report that cloud adoption is becoming more prevalent despite these concerns, albeit primarily for non mission-critical services. Around 93 per cent of those polled used some kind of cloud service.
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