Security Worries Hamper Adoption of Cloud Technology
Companies migrating to the cloud plan to enforce internal security policies: 56 percent plan to improve identity and authentication management.Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of IT professionals report that security concerns and lack of visibility are hindering their cloud adoption, according to a Netwrix survey of 611 IT professionals. In fact, as many as 69 percent said they are concerned of the risks of unauthorized access in the cloud, while 43 percent worry about account hijacking. Companies migrating to the cloud plan to enforce internal security policies: 56 percent plan to improve identity and authentication management, 51 percent will utilize encryption, and around 45 percent of medium-size and large enterprises plan to establish auditing of changes and user activity. "The main blind spots businesses have when adopting cloud tech are the people. Businesses need to consider that cloud technology is used by people, and people are very hard to control," Michael Fimin, CEO of Netwrix, told eWEEK. "Other blind spots include unknown vulnerabilities in the commonly used security protocols, like OpenSSL and the famous Heartbleed bug, which was revealed after several years it was known by hackers. Cloud technology must stay ahead of adversaries, or at least fix vulnerabilities with regular, timely updates."
Overall, 13 percent of organizations reject adoption of cloud technology in the near future; however, 30 percent of them are ready to reconsider their decision as soon as cloud security mechanisms are improved.