We have covered cloud security quite often in this space, and one of the consistent themes we come across is that businesses are hesitant to move to the cloud because of a perceived lack of security. However, that perception is starting to change, according to a recent survey from Bitglass, which is based on input from more than 2,200 cybersecurity professionals.
For the first time ever, more than half of the enterprise (52 percent) is now confident that cloud apps are equally as secure as premises-based apps. That’s up from 40 percent last year. The report also finds that Microsoft is gaining momentum within the enterprise. 61 percent of organizations surveyed are already running or are planning to run Office 365 deployments, a big jump from 45 percent one year ago.
While we love seeing more businesses migrating to the cloud, it’s important to remember that although the apps are secure, user error can still lead to data breaches. 53 percent of organizations say unauthorized access is the single biggest threat to cloud security, and 44 percent believe hijacking of accounts is a top security threat. What’s more, a third of all respondents believe one of the largest security threats is sharing sensitive information externally. These are all very valid concerns, though only 42 percent of businesses have some kind of policy against the use of unsanctioned file-sharing apps. That’s a small increase from 2015, but it’s not enough—the importance of being proactive against potential risks cannot be overstated. Allowing users to access unsanctioned apps is a risky move, particularly if there are no data controls in place to guard against possible harm.
Another thing the enterprise is learning is that the path to security can be found using cloud apps. The most widely used capabilities are two-factor authentication for access control (45 percent), encrypting data (43 percent), having intrusion detection capabilities in place (41 percent), and using native security tools provided by the cloud app (40 percent).
Interestingly enough, 41 percent of respondents expressed a desire for an easy solution for reports, audits, and alerts on security events. This is where a managed service provider is a great partner – monitoring for potential security threats can be a time-consuming process, and it’s good to have someone you can trust on your side.
View all of the findings from the Bitglass whitepaper by downloading it here. And learn more about how Datapipe can increase the security of your cloud environment on the Security & Compliance section of our website.