Security concerns hold back SA cloud adoption


Security concerns are the main challenge to cloud services adoption in South Africa.

This is according to experts speaking at this year’s 3rd annual Cloud World Forum Africa conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Moving to the cloud has become popular across the globe over the last few years for its capacity, cost effectiveness and simplified access.

Yet experts say South African organisations have not taken up to cloud computing platforms in the same way the rest of the world has.

Executive head of product division on cloud computing at Vodacom Business, Nkosi Kumalo, told the audience that cloud computing is growing in South Africa but that security concerns are a primary barrier to adoption.

32% of South African businesses have security concerns when it comes to cloud adoption, Kumalo stated.

“This is higher than the MEA (Middle East and Africa) average of 26%. Only Egypt is ranked higher at 33%,” he said.

In addition to security being a barrier, a lack of cloud knowledge and understanding is a also an issue for 25% of South African businesses, Kumalo explained.

According Grant Morgan, general manager of cloud solutions Middle East and Africa at Dimension Data, finance and public sectors are much more concerned about security than the average enterprise.

“There are cloud services you can’t expect to be secure because you are not paying a fortune for them,” Morgan said.

Morgan added, “So mission critical data should not be in the cloud.”

Going forward in terms of the adoption of cloud in the region Kim Andersen, principal advisor at CXO Advisor, noted that IT security people need to do their homework on how to best deal with cloud adoption.