Cloud Computing Boosts Security, Productivity for SMBs
A survey commissioned by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) indicates SMBs are gaining significant IT security advantages from cloud computing, with 35 percent of U.S. companies surveyed experiencing “noticeably higher” levels of security since moving to the cloud.
Small businesses realized other security benefits as well: SMBs that have adopted cloud computing said they are five times more likely to have reduced what they spend on managing security as a percentage of overall IT budget, and spend 32 percent less time each week managing security than companies not using the cloud, according to the survey.
In addition, 32 percent said they spend less time worrying about the threat of cyberattacks. The results suggest that security, once perceived as a barrier to small business cloud adoption, is one of the benefits SMBs can experience by moving to the cloud.
“When it comes to security, the cloud offers SMBs a level of expertise, specialist resources and investment that they cannot hope to match,” said Ryan Brock, vice president of worldwide SMB cloud and channels at IT analytics firm AMI Partners. This translates into cost and time savings and better protection against cyberthreats, which gives them the freedom to innovate and grow their business.”
And it’s not just security benefits small businesses are reaping: 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.
The cloud has also made it easier for SMBs to scale their business to explore new markets, according to 42 percent of respondents, and 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.