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Netwrix 2016 Cloud Security Survey finds insufficient security measures still hinder cloud adoption

November 2016 by Netwrix

Netwrix Corporation announced the results of its second global Cloud Security Survey. Security and privacy of data and systems in the cloud remains a top worry for 70% of IT professionals worldwide, up from 63% in 2015. The top three cloud security concerns in 2016 are unauthorized access (69%), malware (37%) and denial of service (DoS) attacks (34%).

Even though cloud service providers make security a top priority, cloud computing is still associated with a number of risks, including potential for unauthorized access by employees and third parties, sophisticated attacks, and lack of visibility into what is happening across cloud IT environments.

Netwrix asked more than 600 IT professionals from technology, government, healthcare, finance, manufacturing and other industries about their thoughts on security in the cloud, their readiness to adopt the technology and possible ways to ensure data protection.

In summary the key survey findings show:

• Cloud adoption rate has risen during the past year, from 43% of organizations in 2015 to 68% this year. However, only 8% of companies are ready to move their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud in the near future.

• Security and data privacy is the top concern with cloud (70%) followed by loss of control over data (53%).

• A hybrid cloud approach is preferred by 55% of organizations that are considering a cloud move; 40% of cloud users are already taking advantage of the hybrid model. This model enables them to balance costs, business benefits and data security.

• The most common factors that hinder cloud adoption are insufficient security mechanisms (56%), high costs and small budgets (54%), and lack of compliance guarantees (39%).

• The majority (61%) of respondents indicate that their own employees pose more risk to data security in the cloud than anyone else.

• The overwhelming majority (95%) of respondents consider visibility into user activities in the cloud to be an important element in cloud providers’ security guarantees.

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