With a continued interest in software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a cloud model, concerns about SaaS security are also growing. Total cost of ownership (TCO) used to be the most frequently cited roadblock among potential SaaS customers. But as cloud networks become more frequently used for strategic and mission-critical business applications, security now comes at the top of the list.
According to a previous CapGemini study, fear of security breaches had been a significant factor holding back cloud adoption. However, the cloud also retains a spot on CIO priority lists because it offers the promise of reduced cost, faster time to market and operational efficiency.
So, is fear of security breaches really now holding back cloud adoption? No, I believe it is more about poor planning and a lack of understanding of how a cloud model like SaaS should be used.