- Though companies continue to rapidly implement SaaS, there are still challenges and misconceptions about the cloud that companies relying on this technology must overcome, according to a report released Thursday from Spanning by EMC.
- For example, how data is managed and where it is stored will become a bigger issue in coming months as further decisions are made about data sovereignty and the new Privacy Shield agreement, according to the report.
- Spanning surveyed 1,037 IT decision makers from the U.S. and the UK involved in SaaS applications for their organization.
The report found that the U.S. and the UK generally have similar SaaS adoption trends, deploying comparable types of SaaS applications and similar types of data into the public cloud.
The countries differed on SaaS data protection, however. Around 80% of American respondents were confident in their organization’s ability to secure cloud data, compared to just 45% of respondents from the UK. However, approximately 80% of both U.S. and UK respondents said they had suffered some type of SaaS data loss already. U.S. respondents were also much more confident in their SaaS app providers’ ability to restore their data in the event of a loss.
Respondents from both countries expressed concerns about the effects of new E.U. data privacy requirements.
In February, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a successor to the Safe Harbour agreement, created a new transatlantic data transmission framework. The U.S. and EU are currently working to finalize Privacy Shield.