Microsoft: Moving to the Cloud Enhances SMB's IT Security

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 concerns."
Among the survey's findings are the following:

  • 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 competitiveness.
  • 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 Partners.
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.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00

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