IT security is improving for small- and medium-sized businesses
(SMBs) as a result of moving to cloud networks, according to a
broad-based Microsoft study. Study results show that
35% of U.S. SMBs surveyed said they've experienced noticeably
higher levels of security since moving to the Cloud.
Thirty-two percent of U.S. company survey respondents said they
spend less time worrying about cyberattacks. U.S. SMB using the
Cloud said they also spend less time each week managing security
than companies not making use of Cloud services. Reduced
cost is another benefit: the results showed that SMBs using Cloud
services are five times more likely to have reduced spending on
security management as a percentage of their total IT budgets,
according to Microsoft.
"There's a perception that security is a barrier to Cloud
adoption," said Adrienne Hall, general manager, Microsoft
Trustworthy Computing. "Yet when companies embrace and invest in
Cloud services, they find the benefits far outweigh previous
Among the survey's findings are the
- Of SMBs that use the cloud, 41 percent said they were able to
employ more staff in roles that directly benefit sales or business
growth, 39 percent invest in more product development or
innovation, and 37 percent experienced improved agility and
- More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) said using the
cloud enabled them to add new products and services that benefit
their business more quickly and securely.
- Of those surveyed, 42 percent said the cloud made it easier for
them to scale their business to explore new markets.
"Any solution that helps SMBs' bottom line has to be good for
them and the economy," said Ryan Brock, vice president of Worldwide
SMB Cloud & Channels at Access Markets International
The market for
Cloud-based and CPE managed security services will grow to reach
$18 billion by 2016, according to a recently released
Infonetics Research report.