Security and Privacy Concerns Dog the Cloud

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 02-03-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Security and Privacy Concerns Dog the Cloud
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    Security and Privacy Concerns Dog the Cloud

    Cloud security remains a top concern this year, as do unauthorized access, malware, and DoS attacks
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    Security and Privacy
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    Security and Privacy

    70% of IT professionals surveyed worldwide said security and privacy of data and systems in the cloud are a top worry, up from 63% in 2015.
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    Top Three Cloud Security Concerns
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    Top Three Cloud Security Concerns

    Unauthorized access: 69%, Malware: 37%, Denial of service attacks: 34%
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    Risks Associated With the Cloud
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    Risks Associated With the Cloud

    Though cloud service providers have prioritized security, cloud computing is still associated with unauthorized access by employees and third parties, sophisticated attacks and lack of visibility into what is happening across cloud IT environments.
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    Cloud Providers' Security Mechanisms
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    Cloud Providers' Security Mechanisms

    44% of cloud users believe cloud providers offer adequate security controls, and 41% said the security of their corporate data and IT infrastructures improved due to cloud adoption.
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    Data Worries Persist
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    Data Worries Persist

    53% of the IT professionals surveyed named loss of control over data as the second main concern with the cloud.
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    Hybrid Cloud Is Preferred
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    Hybrid Cloud Is Preferred

    55% of respondents are considering a hybrid cloud approach. 40% of cloud users have already deployed the hybrid model, which enables them to balance costs, business benefits and data security.
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    Interest in Public Clouds Decreases
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    Interest in Public Clouds Decreases

    Interest in the public cloud has weakened significantly: It is used by just 21% of the respondents and planned by only 9%.
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    Most Common Hindrances to Cloud Adoption
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    Most Common Hindrances to Cloud Adoption

    Insufficient security mechanisms: 56% High costs and small select: 54% Lack of compliance guarantees: 39%
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    Employees Pose the Most Risk
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    Employees Pose the Most Risk

    61% of the respondents said their employees pose more of a risk to data security in the cloud than any other parties.
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    Visibility Into User Activities Is Key
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    Visibility Into User Activities Is Key

    93% said visibility into user activities in the cloud is an important element in cloud providers' security guarantees.
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    Most Popular Cloud Models

    Software as a Service: 73% in use, 50% planned, Infrastructure as a Service: 34% now, 41% planned
 

Security and privacy of data and systems in the cloud remain a top worry for the majority of IT professionals worldwide, according to a new survey. Furthermore, unauthorized access, malware and DoS attacks are the top three cloud security concerns today. The survey, "Netwrix 2nd Annual Cloud Security Survey," asked 660 IT professionals from technology, government, health care, finance, manufacturing and other industries about security in the cloud, their readiness to adopt the technology, and ways to ensure data protection. "The 2016 survey has revealed that despite cloud providers trying hard to secure the cloud environments, the majority of IT pros are still not convinced that the technology is safe enough—mainly because of the insider threat," said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix, which offers a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. "Advanced security solutions and an integrated view of activities both in the cloud and on premises will help companies increase user accountability, detect insider threats faster and prevent data exfiltration, thus minimizing the damage from unauthorized or incorrect user actions." Highlights of the report are included.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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