Cloud adoption doesn’t have to mean opening up an organization to increased security risks and threats if the right policies are in place, according to a new report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, surveyed more than 200 executives and IT managers worldwide and found that security professionals are receiving an average of 10.6 requests each month for new cloud services.

More than two thirds (71%) of companies now have a formal process for users to request new cloud services, the report says, and 65% of IT leaders think the cloud is as secure or more secure than on-premises software.

“As a growing number of companies have become more confident in cloud security measures and, with that, are moving their systems of records to the cloud, the role of IT and its relationship to the line of business is changing,” said Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA.

The research, sponsored by Skyhigh Networks, finds that customer relationship management (CRM) is the most widely used cloud-based system of record today. Companies have plans to move other systems to the cloud, including sales and human resources.

The top barrier to stopping data loss in the cloud is a lack of skilled security professionals, the study shows.

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