Cloud Services Reduce Time and Money Managing Security, Increase Protection Against Cyberthreats, Microsoft Study

A research study conducted by Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing in the small and midsize businesses (SMB) sector in the U.S. shows that SMBs are gaining significant IT security benefits from using the cloud, according to a new Microsoft study in five geographies."The study shows that 35 percent of U.S. companies surveyed have experienced noticeably higher levels […]

A research study conducted by Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing in the small and midsize businesses (SMB) sector in the U.S. shows that SMBs are gaining significant IT security benefits from using the cloud, according to a new Microsoft study in five geographies.

"The study shows that 35 percent of U.S. companies surveyed have experienced noticeably higher levels of security since moving to the cloud. In addition, 32 percent say they spend less time worrying about the threat of cyberattacks. U.S. SMBs using the cloud also spend 32 percent less time each week managing security than companies not using the cloud. They are also five times more likely to have reduced what they spend on managing security as a percentage of overall IT budget," Microsoft stated.

The survey shows the following in the U.S.:

  • "Of SMBs that use the cloud, 41% said they were able to employ more staff in roles that directly benefit sales or business growth, 39% invest in more product development or innovation, and 37% experienced improved agility and competitiveness.
  • 52% said using the cloud enabled them to add new products and services that benefit their business more quickly and securely.
  • 42% said the cloud made it easier for them to scale their business to explore new markets," Microsoft revealed.

Here is the cloud security infographic:

Infographic: Cloud Security Benefits for SMBs (U.S.)