A new Intel Security report suggests organisations in the UK use cloud services less than their international counterparts, TechWeekEurope reports.
The report questioned 1,200 IT professionals from the US, UK, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France and Germany.
Whereas the average organisation uses 43 cloud services, the report found the UK uses an average of just 29 per organisation, ranking the UK as the slowest country in terms of cloud adoption.
The services range from full cloud computing from providers such as Google or AWS, to consumer storage services, such as Dropbox.
The report also found the UK was behind in terms of cloud IT budget.
On average, respondents expected 80% of their company's IT budget to be dedicated to cloud computing in 16 months, however, in the UK organisations expected to reach this budget in around 28 months' time. Out of all the countries, this was the longest expected time.
Intel Security's EMA CTO, Raj Samani, told TechWeekEurope that security concerns are one reason for the slower adoption.
Samani added: "We've all been well aware of the major security considerations associated with cloud computing for some time, but, in reality, cloud technology is a huge business opportunity.
"The UK may appear to lag behind in terms of cloud adoption and trust when compared to other countries such as Brazil and the US, but we are recognising the business benefits of the cloud and adopting new cloud technologies in Great Britain."
Complying with data regulations was listed as a primary concern by the majority of respondents across all types of cloud services.
Having a data security incident was listed as the main concern for using SaaS (software-as-a-service) by more than one in five and data breaches were the top worry for IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and private clouds.
Despite this, less than a quarter (23%) of people were aware of data breaches with their cloud service providers.
"The cloud is the future for businesses, governments and consumers," said Jim Reavis, CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance.
"Security vendors and cloud providers must arm customers with education and tools, and cultivate strong relationships built on trust, in order to continue the adoption of cloud computing platforms. Only then can we completely benefit from the advantages of the cloud," Reavis added.
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