A vast majority – 77 percent – of small-to-medium-sized businesses are utilizing some aspect of cloud computing. But 80 percent of these smaller businesses have “concerns” about cloud, especially security, according to a new report.

“Certain benefits of cloud-based services, such as the ability to access services from multiple devices, are driving small business interest in these services,” said Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst at research firm Parks Associates, which compiled the report.

“However, adoption has been lower than expected, due in part to SMB concerns with the security of the cloud solution,” he added.

So what must cloud providers do to encourage more SMBs to sign up?

“Providers must assure SMBs regarding the security of their solution and educate them on the benefits of having offsite backups, which help combat significant risks such as ransomware and hardware failure,” he explained.

Cloud is a hot market sector despite those SMB concerns.

Spending on public cloud services will grow at better than 20 percent a year and double by 2020 to $96.5 billion, says a new report from International Data Corporation.

Among the cloud users, 40 percent cited security as their top concern.

The second largest concern at 25 percent was loss of control.

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