The world is quickly becoming one of data abundance. Enterprises have begun to rely heavily on the cloud to store data. Unfortunately, the ever-growing risk of cyberattacks leaves organizations with strong cloud security concerns. IT professionals are left with the responsibility to conquer the two major barriers to cloud adoption: data security and a lack of knowledge.
Organizations are realizing the urgent need to manage the growing amounts of data. Vormetric’s 2016 Data Threat Report showed that more than 80 percent of executives plan to store data in “new technology environments” defined as cloud, big data, or IoT. This will not only protect it from cyberthreats, but also grow their business by keeping up with the competition, reducing costs, and embracing innovation. Despite this increase in the use of cloud storage, data security still remains as the main barrier to cloud adoption, with 85 percent of executives saying they were “concerned” or “very concerned” about security in the cloud. These are the top data concerns for executives in this survey:
- Security breaches or attacks at the service provider (70%)
- Increased vulnerabilities from shared infrastructure (66%)
- Lack of control over the location of the data (66%)
In addition to security, lack of knowledge on the part of the IT professionals is another barrier to cloud adoption. This knowledge gap is an issue for 30 percent of organizations globally, according to the Cloud Security Alliance. IT professionals are being swarmed with requests from end-users to buy more cloud applications, with 73 percent saying they receive between 1 and 20 requests each month, ranging from file sharing and collaboration applications to development tools. This is putting a lot of pressure on IT professionals to approve sometimes risky technology. Additionally, this pressure is causing a tendency for companies to rush when adopting new technologies. This often results in less focus on enterprise security and finding the most secure and compliant solution.
It is important for companies and IT professionals to expand their knowledge on data security and cloud solutions in order to make the best decision when adopting new technologies. These individuals must take the time to educate themselves on data security and the various cloud solutions despite internal pressure and time constraints. This will reveal the wide range of secure tools available and allow companies to choose the best and most secure fit.
The 2016 Data Threat Report showed that encryption is widely viewed as one solution to guarantee cloud security, with the majority of respondents claiming they preferred to manage their own encryption keys. Taking the time to research available cloud tools will expose the wide array of secure options like Cyphre’s enterprise file sync and share solution with BlackTIE® encryption. Gaining knowledge in data security and cloud computing allows enterprises to choose the most secure applications that also meet company compliance standards, which in turn will alleviate most cloud security concerns by simply knowing that critical data is protected.
Cloud services are becoming increasingly popular and necessary to maintain efficiency and affordability of storing data. Studies show that companies are increasing efforts to embrace cloud-based applications and improve data security. Still, both surveys mentioned show that 70 percent or more of organizations are hesitant to use cloud-based applications because of security concerns. It is in the hands of leading executives and information security officers to educate themselves and their team on leading cloud services and encryption technologies in order to protect the data upon which their company’s success relies.