Singapore CIOs concerned about cloud security and privacy issues

Nurdianah Md Nur

Cloud security and privacy issues are the top two concerns of CIOs in Singapore, according to Robert Half's latest survey.

The survey-which polled 407 CIOs in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan-revealed that 65 percent of the CIOs in Singapore perceived security as the biggest problem with cloud technology. More than half of the CIOs in Asia Pacific (57 percent) surveyed were also found to share the same sentiment.

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Concerns regarding cloud technology. Click on chart to enlarge. Credit to Robert Half.

Another top concern with cloud technology is that of privacy, specifically the legal implications of a privacy breach of personal customer data stored in the cloud. This concern was more prominent among the CIOs in Singapore (50 percent) as compared to CIOs from the rest of the region (35 percent).

According to Robert Half, the new Personal Data Protection Act in Singapore, which comes into force from July 2, 2014, might be the reason for CIOs in Singapore showing more concern about legal and privacy issues than their counterparts in the region. With hefty financial penalties for privacy breaches, it is not surprising that CIOs in Singapore are more worried about the safety of their customers' personal data.

Given these concerns, CIOs are increasingly demanding for "security experts to strengthen their IT team in order to protect their data," said Stella Tang, Director of Robert Half Singapore.  "The increased demand will [translate] to higher salaries for suitably qualified IT professionals... when changing jobs," she added.