Saturday, February 28, 2015
Three simple ways to mitigate risk in the cloud
Research recently published by Netskope suggests that 15 per cent of business users have suffered a compromise of sensitive data in the cloud, with half of those asked apparently ignoring such simple security basics such as not reusing passwords across services and applications. I've already addressed one of the specific concerns was flagged by the research, that 88 per cent of cloud applications being used in organisations are not enterprise ready. However, I am actually less concerned by the specifics that I am the generalisations. I mean, seriously, have we really come this far down the road to commercial cloud commoditization and yet the security basics are still unknown to a considerable minority? Part of the problem, I suspect, is that of longtailing the security problem; by which I mean that the more established consumers of cloud services have got it as far as security goes, but the further down the recent adoption curve you slide so the more diluted the security message becomes. It's almost as if the newest entrants to the market simply assume that those who have gone before them have sorted security out.