Security & Compliance Key Concerns in the Cloud

As organizations search for ways to get better supply chain technology, cloud services are becoming a natural choice for ease of use, flexibility, and cost. At the same time, a natural skepticism remains, as organizations try to insure that they can secure their data and meet compliance obligations.

“As supply chain managers target even greater efficiencies, one overarching cloud-based strategy can be used to enhance cost improvements and performance: establishing a 'control tower' to coordinate and orchestrate the elements that make up the supply chain,” said a recent report from Accenture titled Supply Chain Management in the Cloud.

The growth of cloud-based solutions of all types is experiencing startling growth. By 2018, 59% of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads, up from 41% in 2013, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013–2018

To reach these adoption levels, though, organizations need to overcome some basic concerns. In survey released last month, cloud services company Evolve IP released findings of its 3rd annual cloud survey, which polled 1,000 respondents in North America about the current state of cloud adoption.  Security was identified as the key concern by more than half of those polled (55%), a figure that hasn't budged since the start of the survey.  In addition, seven out of ten of those companies that had not yet deployed a cloud solution cited security as a top concern. 

Meanwhile, more people than ever before pointed to compliance as a concern, with 40% of those surveyed pointing to it as a concern, compared to 31% last year and the same 40% in 2013.

Take a look at the infographic below from Evolve IP for more detailed statistics. Then let us know about your biggest concerns and best practices around security and compliance when putting supply chain apps in the cloud in the comments section below. 

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2 comments on “Security & Compliance Key Concerns in the Cloud

  1. docdivakar
    April 12, 2016

    I looked at the Evolve IP's report, there are many useful findings (I did take part in this survey… I wish the data presentation was less cartoonish!).

    1. Survey misses regulatory and compliance agency requirements -there are many to list here, like SOX, DoD, WTO, etc. In the context of electronics supply chain which is trans-contintental these days, this is something that needs to be paid attention to.

    2. Increasing automation of manufacturing processes and the data generated thereof is forcing a fresh approach to distributed datacenters and management thereof. Management of data flow between the datacenters and the access required by supply chain partners thereof from a security and compliance perspective needs to be addressed.

    MP Divakar

  2. vamsikrish123
    May 13, 2016

    Thanks for sharing great post..

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