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Organisations in Australia say that more than 76% of their IT infrastructure will be operating in the public cloud over the next five years, an increase from almost 45% currently - but security concerns are slated as restricting public cloud adoption, according to a new study.

The study of 750 global IT decision makers, sponsored by cloud security and data protection solutions vendor Barracuda, reveals that security remains the biggest roadblock to adoption of public cloud for 80% of respondents - higher than the global average of 70%.

The global study conducted by Vanson Bourne - and involving 50 respondents in Australia - was designed to capture the experiences of IT decision makers with moving infrastructure to the public cloud.

“While adoption rates for public cloud continue to grow, security is still the leading roadblock for Australian organisations, which is understandable considering the volume and variety of threats they face today,” said Andrew Huntley, regional director of ANZ and Pacific Islands for Barracuda.



According to the study, the leading cloud security concerns for Australian organisations include the security of public cloud infrastructure (42%), the impact of cyberattacks (28%), shadow IT (28%) and the security of applications deployed in public cloud (24%).

Australian respondents indicated that the greatest threats to their public cloud infrastructure include open vulnerabilities in cloud applications (44%); sophisticated hackers (38%); ransomware (38%) and corporate network exposure to intrusions/attacks (38%).

And 68% of Australian respondents have already been targeted by a cyber attack, which is lower than the global average of 75%.

After security, integration/network concerns come in second for Australian organisations in terms of public cloud adoption. This includes integrating public cloud with legacy technologies, better integration with private cloud, and enhanced integration with on-premises infrastructure.

The study also revealed that secure software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) fully integrated into public cloud is the solution of choice.

Twelve percent of Australian respondents have already deployed SD-WAN, with another 50% either in the process of deploying or expecting to deploy within the next 12 months - with SD-WAN being used by a quarter of those who have added security to their public cloud.

“As more IT infrastructure moves to public cloud, providers will offer more native network capabilities and public cloud will expand to include more network functionality,” Huntley said.

“The vast majority of Australian organisations need their security vendors to offer advanced security and cloud connectivity tightly integrated with the major cloud platforms.”

Cloud security and data protection solutions vendor Barracuda Networks

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