A new survey shows how companies in different regions and industries deal differently with cloud security risks

by Michael Fimin, CEO and Co-Founder Netwrix

Regardless of how long organizations have used the cloud, how much sensitive data they entrust to cloud providers and how regulated their industries are, they share the same cloud security concerns. Most of these concerns are directly attributed to human factors and stem from insufficient awareness about activity in the cloud environment.

Netwrix recently conducted an in-depth report on cloud security, which supplements the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security Report. The report unveils survey findings specific to various industries and regions. Overall, 853 organizations shared their feedback for the survey, conducted in November 2017. All organizations are public or hybrid cloud users.

 

Key findings include:

  • 80% of technology & IT organizations get support from top management for cloud security initiatives — more than any other industry surveyed.
  • Malware is most feared by health care organizations (61%) and government entities (60%), though it is the number two concern for all industries surveyed.
  • 62% of educational institutions perceive their own employees to be the biggest threat to cloud security, the largest share among the industries surveyed. This result is explained by the education sector also has the lowest visibility into user activity in the cloud: Only 18% of the institutions are completely aware of their IT staff activity and just 7% have a complete understanding of business user activity.
  • Financial organizations outdo other industries when it comes to visibility into IT staff activity: 47% of them claim to have complete visibility. They are also the most active cloud users; 96% of financial organizations already store sensitive data there.
  • The retail & wholesale sector sees the biggest threat as hackers (48%), rather than employees (27%). This also is the only industry that cited denial-of-service attacks as one of their major concerns.
  • Organizations from JAPAC are more enthusiastic about broader cloud adoption (54%) and adopting a cloud-first approach (44%) than companies in other regions.
  • To strengthen IT security, the majority of North-American (57%) and European (57%) organizations are planning to improve employee training, while the most popular measure planned by Asian companies is the purchase of vendor security solutions (49%).

The majority of organizations across all the industries and regions surveyed believe in the power of staff training and security policy enforcement as two top measures to improve cloud security. However, these measures will work only if you have complete visibility into user activity in the cloud.

You can download the full cloud security report at www.netwrix.com/go/2018cloudsecurityindepth.

About the Author

Michael Fimin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrix. He joined Netwrix in 2007, bringing more than a decade of IT industry experience, management practices, and innovation. Prior to joining Netwrix, Michael held several key positions at Aelita Software (later acquired by Quest Software), driving the company’s top-selling security and compliance product. Michael lives in Monarch Beach, California. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com
Michael can be reached online at (@TrueCalifornian) and at the Netwrix website www.netwrix.com.