There is a concern among some businesses that a move to the cloud will somehow prompt a loss of business control and an increased risk to harmful threats like malicious data incursions. This fear is often generalized to encompass the entire cloud, a mistake that arises from a common tendency to conflate the public and private clouds. But these two platforms could not be more different. Where the public cloud is a place where control is lost and risk elevates, the enterprise cloud presents the security and business control to keep its clientele feeling secure and in charge. A new poll points to a general fear among companies in the cloud. This concern can be handled very simply: through a switch to an enterprise cloud service provider.

Report finds businesses cautious about cloud migrations
A recent report carried out by Bitglass found that many companies doubt the security of the cloud, which actively hinders a cloud leap, according to Talkin’ Cloud. According to the report, 52 percent of big business respondents said they decided against a cloud move because of their security concerns. Meanwhile, for small companies, that figure was about 33 percent. Compared to past surveys conducted by Bitglass, this year’s represented a higher percentage of businesses expressing generalized fears about protection in the cloud. According to Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass, the reason big companies outnumber small ones in terms of cloud fears is because they believe they have more to lose.

“Because larger companies have more-established IT processes, they generally have a higher amount of paranoia with respect to cloud security issues,” he said. “However, they also have the largest economic gains to be had from moving to cloud.”

Ultimately, though, both small and large businesses have only good things to gain from migrating to the cloud – provided it’s the enterprise cloud deployment. In an article for TechRadarPro, cloud specialist and guest contributor Nathan Pearce pointed out that as long as companies choose a cloud service provider that values safety, they have only positive benefits to reap from a cloud move. Pearce said that the perception that the entire cloud is somehow a vulnerable place is patently false, and arises from a failure among businesses to realize the safety inherent in company cloud computing.

“Cloud providers can and do expend vast resources on security – after all, it is their reputation and even their entire business on the line if something goes wrong,” Pearce asserted. “The truth is, therefore, that cloud computing can be more secure than a traditional, on-premise infrastructure.”

The key, therefore, is for companies looking to make a cloud migration to ensure that their cloud service provider is equipped with the tools to handle business security needs. Fortunately, such providers abound in the enterprise cloud.

Sophos: Cloud is actually a place where security can increase
As specialists from cloud expert group Sophos point out, far from being a place where security is compromised, the enterprise cloud is a platform where defenses can become even stronger, ZDNet reported. The bolstering of security in the cloud is happening across the board, according to Sophos vice president of product marketing Marty Ward. Ward said that the growing comfort of businesses within the enterprise cloud is allowing them the confidence to expand their security network in order to provide more stringent company defense. This kind of innovation is made possible by the enterprise cloud, because it affords all users a significant measure of control that allows for the easy implementation of heightened security. And as Ward pointed out, these security changes are easy to make.

“The great thing from a cloud perspective for about dispatches is with cloud technology you don’t necessarily need to send an email to take action,” he said. “You can upgrade in the backend without anyone having to do anything.”