The public sector must find a way to deliver value for the tax payer despite cloud security concerns
August 22, 2016
22nd August 2016
Apprehensions around security may not match reality, leading to organisations missing out on cloud benefits
A recent survey conducted by Managed Service Provider (MSP) Annodata, reveals that security is still the biggest concern when it comes to cloud use among public sector organisations. However, the benefits of cloud are being hindered by security concerns, despite smarter technology meaning that data can now be more secure than ever.
The research, which surveyed 100 UK IT decision-makers from the public sector, found that security is still a major concern among 63 per cent of public sector organisations. However, recent statistics from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) demonstrate that perceptions around cloud security do not necessarily match reality, with only 2 per cent of organisations in its research stating that they had experienced a breach of security when using a cloud service.
Security may remain a concern but public sector organisations need to find a way around this so they can remain productive and deliver value in today’s digitally advancing world.
Joe Doyle, Marketing Director at Annodata, explains: “Public sector organisations have understandable apprehensions when it comes to cloud usage due to the heavily scrutinised arena in which they operate. They need to maintain strict control over sensitive data, this is even more heightened now due to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Security should remain a priority for public sector organisations but this should not hinder cloud adoption. Smarter technology now means that data and documents can be more secure than ever, especially when document management involves best-in-breed software and bespoke applications that prevent unauthorised access, limit device access to particular users and department and clearly identify users.
“If cloud was truly insecure, the delivery model simply wouldn’t have taken off the way it did. The security offered by a cloud service provider such as Annodata, will more often than not far surpass anything that most businesses could hope to achieve on their own. By hosting data in the cloud, organisations are able to benefit from the regular overhaul of quality hardware and the service provided by expert technicians without incurring a large cost. This is a major benefit considering the public sector is under pressure to achieve value for money and better ROI.
“Security can still be kept a priority by partnering with a cloud provider that works with them to determine exactly what should and can be moved to the cloud and, importantly, what should be kept in-house. Public sector organisations can partner securely and effectively with a provider that best reflects their interest through an awareness of data back-up, access restrictions and other characteristics of the service offering. By embracing cloud technologies, these organisations can boost productivity, reduce costs and streamline their entire operations,” concludes Doyle.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Founded in 1988, Annodata is a national managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. The company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.
With clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service.
The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HP, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise.
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