Cloud popularity up, but security measures inappropriate

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Companies are not adopting appropriate governance and security measures to protect sensitive data in the cloud, Gemalto said, citing its survey results.

According to 73 percent of respondents, cloud-based services and platforms are considered important to their organization’s operations and 81 percent said they will be more so over the next two years.

In fact, 36 percent of respondents said their companies’ total IT and data processing needs were met using cloud resources today and that they expected this to increase to 45 percent over the next two years.

“Organizations have embraced the cloud with its benefits of cost and flexibility but they are still struggling with maintaining control of their data and compliance in virtual environments,” said Jason Hart, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Data Protection at Gemalto.

“It’s quite obvious security measures are not keeping pace because the cloud challenges traditional approaches of protecting data when it was just stored on the network. It is an issue that can only be solved with a data-centric approach in which IT organizations can uniformly protect customer and corporate information across the dozens of cloud-based services their employees and internal departments rely every day.”

Further, the Gemalto survey found nearly half of cloud services are deployed by departments other than corporate IT, and an average of 47 percent of corporate data stored in cloud environments is not managed or controlled by the IT department.

However, confidence in knowing all cloud computing services in use is increasing.

Almost 55 percent of respondents are confident that the IT organization knows all cloud computing applications, platform or infrastructure services in use, a 9 percent increase from 2014.

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