The Five Cloud Concerns Faced by All Industries

The Five Cloud Concerns Faced by All Industries

The Five Cloud Concerns Faced by All IndustriesThe Five Cloud Concerns Faced by All Industries

Many companies admit to excessively sharing data in the cloud, and very few attempt to identify instances of exposed credentials, according to a new report.

Excessive Sharing in the CloudExcessive Sharing in the Cloud

83% of technology firms say excessive sharing in the cloud is a top cyber-security concern. This is followed by: K-12 (77%), Financial services (75%), Healthcare (72%), Manufacturing (70%), Retail (66%), Government (60%), Higher education (59%)

Few Organizations Protect CredentialsFew Organizations Protect Credentials

Only 5% of organizations take active steps towards protecting credentials, such as identifying instances of exposed credentials in public cloud environments.

Manufacturing Not ConcernedManufacturing Not Concerned

Manufacturing showed on average the least concern (27%) for ensuring appropriate access permissions such as personally identifiable information (PII): Social Security numbers, IDs, and dates of birth. Payment card industry data (PCI) concerned 39% of manufacturing respondents.

Technology, Higher Education and PII, PCITechnology, Higher Education and PII, PCI

Only 10% of technology firms are focused on protecting PII, but 41% are concerned with protecting PCI. In contrast, higher education is most concerned with protecting PII (77%) and PCI (61%).

Financial Services: Highest RiskFinancial Services: Highest Risk

99% of files in the financial services industry are accessible to anyone using a search engine and are due to 1% of its users. This is followed by: Higher education (84%), Government (84%), K-12 (78%), Manufacturing (77%), Retail (76%), Technology (68%)

Technology Industry Risk ExposureTechnology Industry Risk Exposure

In contrast to the financial services industry, only 1% of technology users represent 57% of exposures. The industry average is 71%.

Healthcare Had Fewest Data ExposuresHealthcare Had Fewest Data Exposures

38% of organizations in the healthcare industry consider identifying and protecting PII the highest priority.

Government Focused on ComplianceGovernment Focused on Compliance

Government agencies are highly focused on compliance, with 59% concerned with PII.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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