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2016 Cloud Security Spotlight Report

Information Security Community Survey uncovers key concerns about security, regulatory compliance, and ineffectiveness of traditional security tools as cloud security market matures.

Cloud Based Application Security TestingFollowing industry predictions that the global cloud market will exceed $250 billion by 2020, Crowd Research Partners created the 2016 Cloud Security Spotlight Report. This report is based on a comprehensive survey of more than 2,200 global cybersecurity professionals who are among the 300,000+ members of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn, the study indicates cloud security concerns are evolving with the increasing adoption of cloud computing.

Key cloud security trends highlighted in the study include:
  • Security concerns top the list of barriers to cloud adoption led by general security concerns (53 percent, up from 45 percent in last year’s survey), legal and regulatory compliance concerns (42 percent, up from 29 percent), and data loss and leakage risks (40 percent). The rise in specific concerns about compliance and integration suggests that companies are moving from theoretical exploration of cloud models to actual implementation.
  • Unauthorized access through misuse of employee credentials and improper access controls is the single biggest threat (53 percent) to cloud security. This is followed by hijacking of accounts (44 percent) and insecure interfaces/APIs (39 percent). One in three organizations say external sharing of sensitive information is the biggest security threat.
  • The vast majority (84 percent) of respondents are dissatisfied with traditional security tools when applied to cloud infrastructure. Respondents say traditional network security tools are somewhat ineffective (48 percent), completely ineffective (11 percent), or can’t be measured for effectiveness (25 percent) in cloud environments.
  • The top three security headaches for organizations moving to the cloud include the following use cases: verifying security policies (51 percent), visibility (49 percent), and compliance (37 percent). These results suggest that companies are further along in implementation of cloud models compared with last year and are looking for security solutions that enhance the capabilities provided by service providers.

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