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June 15, 2015updated 26 Aug 2016 12:25pm

Cloud transparency failing as UK fears losing control

Privacy and data security remain significant concerns.

By James Nunns

UK businesses have growing fears that they will lose control and manageability of their IT systems if they adopt cloud services.

Cloud adoption has typical inhibitors of security and privacy, while a lack of control has also been a concern. While data security (70%) and privacy (61%) are still cited as the biggest concerns, a growing number fear a lack of control.

In 2014 only 24% felt that losing control and manageability of IT systems was a concern, this number has significantly increased to 40% in 2015.

A growing number of UK businesses appear to feel that cloud service providers are failing to provide enough visibility, which is damaging trust.

Richard Pharro, CEO of APM Group, said: "Unfortunately, some Cloud providers are opaque in the way that they operate. The prevalence of click-through licenses, some of which are littered with unrealistic terms and conditions drives home the necessity of the Cloud Industry Forum’s Code of Practice."

"CSPs that have certified against the Code are required to operate in an open, straightforward and transparent way that has been vetted by CIF. The public disclosure requirement ensures that all key information about services, organisational set-up and contracts is readily available, which, in turn, helps to establish the trust necessary to enter into Cloud service arrangements."

These concerns are likely to propel the use of Hybrid cloud models as companies risk losing control and remain fearful of security and privacy issues.

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The findings come from a poll of 250 senior IT and business decision makers by the Cloud Industry Forum, the poll was taken across both public and private sectors in the UK.

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