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Cloud deployments blocked by execs over privacy concerns

Antony Savvas | March 1, 2011
Forty percent of C-level bosses obstructing cloud initiatives, survey finds

LONDON (01/21/2011) - Top executives are blocking firms' migration to cloud computing, according to research from the non-profit IT Governance Institute (ITGI).

The research found that 40 percent of C-level executives were blocking cloud deployments, with 50 percent of these executives concerned about data privacy as a result of going into the cloud. A further 47 percent were fearful about cloud security.
In addition, 35 percent were worried about their legacy infrastructure investments as a result of cloud migrations.

The study polled 834 executives from 21 countries, divided almost evenly between business executives (CEOs, CFOs and COOs) and IT executives (CIOs and heads of IT).

Of the executives who use or plan to use cloud computing for IT services, 60 percent of these were non-mission critical services.

Ken Vander Wal, international vice president of information security organisation ISACA, said, "Emerging technologies such as cloud computing can be managed effectively by integrating good governance over IT.

"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 and doing things right."

The IT Governance Institute (ITGI) is the research affiliate of ISACA.


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