Survey finds major concerns about public cloud security


With the pandemic, more organizations than ever started to transfer their data and apps to the cloud. It is then vital to have the best security possible. The cloud provider is usually in charge of cloud security, but even then, some things could go wrong.

A recent report from BitGlass revealed the biggest security concerns and what can be done to reinforce the safety of the cloud. The report conducted a survey of IT and security professionals from around the world. It was found out that 33% were extremely concerned about their cloud security, 40% were very concerned 20% were moderately concerned and only 2% were not concerned at all.

Yet, around half of the respondents said they believed that their cloud-based data and apps were as secure as on-premises. Hence, although there are still a few concerns about cloud security, most people believe it is inherently secure.

The main challenges concerning security in the cloud are related to data loss, leakage, data privacy, exposure of credentials as well as incident response, data sovereignty, and service and data availability. The survey also revealed that people were concerned about a lack of visibility into a host of online activities, including cross-app anomalous activity.

In order to put these fears behind, some solutions were found. The report noted that the top method to protect the cloud was to have access control, followed by having antivirus and anti-malware technology and multifactor authentication. Keeping security up to date in the cloud often requires various tools and products, which have to be controlled and configured separately. Hence, many reported that it would be beneficial to have a single security platform with one dashboard to help to configure policies across the cloud footprint.

Moreover, organizations are encouraged to use multifaceted platforms to deliver comprehensive security for every interaction between devices, apps, websites, on-premises resources, and infrastructure. This should be easier to manage and would enhance performance and scalability.