Data leakage concerns dominate cloud security perceptions - Bitglass report
How secure is the public cloud? That’s what many IT and security professionals are asking as data leakage becomes a pressing concern for organisations and their data protection strategies.
The Bitglass 2020 Cloud Security report revealed that 93% of surveyed IT and security professionals were ‘moderately to extremely concerned’ about public cloud security, and many are struggling to get their heads around it.
According to the report, 45% of respondents believe that public cloud apps and software as a service (SaaS) provide similar levels of security to on-premise applications, while 27% believe cloud apps are less secure, and 28% believe they are more secure.
66% of respondents name data leakage as their top cloud security concern, while 63% name data privacy as a major concern, followed by accidental credential exposure (43%), legal and regulatory compliance (42%), and incident response (42%).
Bitglass implied that one solution could be cloud data loss prevention (DLP) tools, however, a mere 31% actually use such tools.
Tools commonly deployed include access control (68%), antivirus, anti-malware and advanced threat protection (54%), multifactor authentication (47%), data encryption (45%) and firewalls or network access control (44%).
Other issues stem from the lack of ability to maintain visibility into the following areas: cross-app anomalous activity (81%), access to unmanaged apps (66%), external sharing (55%), DLP policy violations (50%), file uploads (50%), file downloads (45%), and user logins (28%).
“This does not bode well for the average enterprise’s cloud security posture. Additionally, 81% of companies cannot identify cross-application anomalous activity, something which will continue to grow in importance as organisations increasingly expand their cloud footprints,” the report states.
While 82% of respondents acknowledge that legacy tools aren’t the best choice for cloud environments, 79% say it would be helpful to use a consolidated security platform.
“To address modern cloud security needs, organisations should leverage multi-faceted security platforms that are capable of providing comprehensive and consistent security for any interaction between any device, app, web destination, on-premises resource, or infrastructure,” explains Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol.
The report suggests that security platforms should provide:
- Identity management capabilities like single sign-on and multifactor authentication that can verify users’ identities anywhere
- Data loss prevention functionality designed to prevent leakage across the cloud, the web, and on premises
- Advanced threat protection that leverages behaviour-based protections to scan for threats at upload, at download, and at rest
- An agentless option for securing personal devices that respects end-user privacy while enforcing granular, intelligent protections.