Biggest Barrier in the Cloud Adoption is Security

UK businesses have many concerns in the present day and among the biggest is security, which has played a major factor in them being hesitant in adopting into the public cloud. In fact, over half of UK businesses currently cite this as the main reason.

Surveyed Surprises

In a recent survey of 200 business decision-makers undertaken by Centrify, it was revealed that the large and medium-sized companies embodied over a third who had made the switch to enterprise cloud computing felt less confident in its overall security.

A quarter of those surveyed had also revealed that recent cyber hacking attacks had been attempted since the pandemic took effect.

Underlining the Weaknesses

When quizzed on the individual company security weaknesses, almost half of those surveyed identified machine identity growth and service accounts (as in servers and applications) provided their biggest exposures. What was left was a disturbing admission from business owners that effort was made more in getting around security than incorporating it into the DevOps pipeline. This has raised much more concern about the company’s ability to combat attacks in the future.

Whilst adaptation to new working cycles during the covid pandemic has provided businesses with more than its fair share of hills and valleys over the last year. This has resulted in a majority of businesses adapting to the public cloud in varying capacities due to their levels of availability, efficiency and scalability for distribution.

Whilst misperceptions are that enterprise security differs from on-site infrastructure, the reality is that it is no less secure if security protocols are adhered to, and controls in security are applied. Access is the prime concern and challenge posed in digitally transforming businesses, with the accurate identification of machine and human identities in granting access and permissions being paramount in dividing the desires to do so.


Cloud-ready privileged identity management software is therefore essential to protect access to workloads stored in the cloud, allowing only when the requestor’s identity is properly authenticated.

As cloud adoption is more and more implemented within businesses moving forward in spite of the covid pandemic and remote working may continue for many, security has not adopted alongside it. Public sector IT providers themselves were revealed as not updating their security with respect to moving to cloud environments, with nearly half of the UK providers not taken to update so far.

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