The 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study unfolds the bitter truth in cloud storage security of organisations in UK, Germany, US, Russia and other countries.. The study conducted by Ponemon Institute reported that behind the stable growth of cloud usage, companies lack necessary governance practices and security measures.
With over 3,476 IT security practitioners surveyed, only 43% said their establishments are implementing accountability measures to safeguard confidential and sensitive data in the cloud.
One of the weak points of companies is the lack of personnel charged to evaluate the cloud resources being deployed and increasingly, cloud resources deployed without security, due to loss of control over end users.
This is critical in the environment where cloud usage continues to grow in importance. About three quarters (73%) of IT security practitioners consider cloud computing applications are important to their organisation’s operation. On the contrary over half (54%) of the respondents do not agree that their organisations are committed to comply with privacy and data protection regulations in the cloud.
Ultimately, 56% of organisations are reportedly not cautious about sharing sensitive information with third-parties like business partners, contractors and cloud-providers.
The types of data at risk in the cloud are usually highly sensitive and confidential such as customer data, email, employee records, consumer data and payment information.
The paramount reason why cloud security is a challenge for organisations is that it is difficult to apply “conventional information security in the cloud computing environment.”
Another alarming revelation is that only a fifth of security practitioners are permitted at the table for decision making about data security governance. What’s more, according to the study, “Most organisations still do not have security policies for the cloud.”
On this note, Gemalto recommends adopting “encryption, tokenization or other cryptographic solutions to secure sensitive data transferred and stored in the cloud ” and said that organisations should improve compliance with data security and privacy regulations.
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