More than half (57 percent) of UK organisations rank security and compliance as the biggest IT challenge.
New research from Claranet found that UK IT departments are also some of the most likely to host their applications internally. As security fears inhibit risk taking and by extension innovation, organisations must work to alleviate their concerns if they want to remain competitive in their market and innovate in a controlled way.
In the six markets in which Claranet operates (Germany, Benelux, France, Spain, Portugal and the UK), 900 end-user IT leaders from mid-market businesses were surveyed.
Half of applications managed by UK businesses are hosted internally, which can be attributed to prevailing attitudes toward cloud security and data ownership. Authentication and security are the applications that are most likely to be hosted internally, with 63 percent of UK organisations doing so, since these are often associated with highly secure data.
Ian Furness, hosting services director at Claranet commented, “Security concerns amongst UK organisations are justified as businesses come under increasing pressure to keep up with the constantly evolving threat landscape, especially as more data is analysed and stored online. However, these security concerns make organisations a lot more risk averse, which ultimately stifles innovation.”
“Though security is not likely to change as the number one IT priority any time soon, the specific threats, and the ways businesses manage and respond to them, most certainly will. Businesses will need to stay alert to changes to legislation and the nature of prevailing threats as more and more data is stored and analysed,” Furness said.