Security is top drag on public cloud adoption in Singapore

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Firms in Singapore are more concerned about security than any other country, with 96% of survey respondents stating security as the number one factor restricting public cloud adoption in the city-state compared to the global average of 70%.

Barracuda commissioned a research that surveyed global IT decision makers including 750 executives, individual contributors and team managers responsible for their organisation’s cloud infrastructure

The report revealed that while Singapore respondents reported having a large chunk of their IT infrastructure already running in the public cloud (40%), which is expected to increase to 70% in the next five years, serious concerns over security risks could be slowing this adoption.

More than half (58%) of Singapore respondents reported being targeted by cyber-attacks in the past. When it came to security concerns from Singapore IT leaders, security of public cloud infrastructure came in first place (46%), tied with the impact of cyber-attacks (46%), and security of public cloud apps (40%).

However, results also show that security is not the only public cloud challenge facing Singapore IT teams. There are also the cost of moving to the public cloud (42%), difficulty adhering to regulation and compliance (32%), and lack of inhouse skills to manage the adoption of public cloud (32%).

Further, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) appears to be the technology of choice for Singapore organisations keen to mitigate these challenges and achieve a securely integrated network for their cloud deployments.

About one-fifth (22%) of Singapore organisations already deploying SD-WAN, and another 46% either in the process of deploying or expecting to deploy SD-WAN within the next 12 months.

“As more IT infrastructure moves to public cloud, cloud providers will offer more native network capabilities, and public cloud will expand to include more network functionality, allowing organisations to fully embrace the agility and efficiency offered by the public cloud,” said James Forbes-May, Barracuda’s VP in APAC.