EDITOR ’ S QUESTION
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COMPANIES STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH CLOUD COMPLEXITY ?
A report from Thales has revealed businesses find cloud privacy and data protection more complex to manage than on-premises .
Most businesses believe cloud privacy and data protection are more challenging to manage than on-prem . Yet , according to the 2022 Thales Cloud Security Report conducted by 451 Research , part of S & P Global Market Intelligence , increasingly complex cloud environments are on the rise .
Globally , cloud adoption , and especially multi-cloud adoption , continues to increase . There has been an expansion in the use of multiple IaaS providers , with almost three-quarters ( 72 %) of businesses using different IaaS providers , up from 57 % the year before .
The use of multiple providers has almost doubled in the last year , with one in five ( 20 %) respondents using three or more providers .
Despite rapid growth in the prevalence and use of cloud services among businesses , researchers indicate many are still understanding how to protect the complicated environments they have created .
Security challenges of multicloud complexity
With increasing complexity comes an even greater need for robust cybersecurity , with many businesses suffering a cloud-based data breach or failed audit . Cyberattacks also present an ongoing risk to cloud applications and data . Respondents reported an increasing prevalence of attacks citing an increase in ransomware , malware and phishing / whaling .
Protecting sensitive data
When it comes to securing data in multi-cloud environments , many IT professionals view encryption as a critical security control . Most respondents cited encryption , multi-factor authentication and key management ( 47 %) as the security technologies they currently use to protect sensitive data in the cloud .
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