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SMBs see benefits from the cloud for security and availability

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Adrienne Hall, Microsoft talks the cloud
Adrienne Hall, Microsoft talks the cloud

Ninety-four per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have gained unexpected security benefits due to moving to a cloud environment.

According to a survey of 200 companies with 25 to 499 PC users by Microsoft, 94 per cent now claim to have up-to-date systems, up-to-date anti-virus and spam email management in comparison with when they used on-premise technology, while 68 per cent have seen increased levels of privacy protection and 82 per cent have experienced improved service availability.

Despite 52 per cent citing concerns around data security when asked what was holding them back from adopting the cloud, 45 per cent worried that using the cloud would result in a lack of control over their data and 51 per cent doubted the reliability of the cloud.

Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said: “The real silver lining in cloud computing is that it enables companies not only to invest more time and money into growing their business, but to better secure their data and to do so with greater degrees of service reliability as well.”

Microsoft has also released an updated version of its Cloud Security Readiness Tool (CSRT), based on the Cloud Security Alliance's Cloud Controls Matrix, which enables organisations to assess the current state of the security of their IT environment and compare it with what they could expect if they used a cloud service.

John Howiechief operating officer of the Cloud Security Alliance, said: “Microsoft's Cloud Security Readiness Tool builds on these efforts as it gives organisations a way to more easily evaluate cloud services against critical areas, as well as against compliance with key industry standards such as ENISA IAF and BSI.”

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