IT managers are now questioning the security efficiency that was built before remote work increased the use of cloud computing. Do their defences withstand widespread use?
A new study on cloud security from Netwrix indicates that 54% of companies that use the cloud for data storage reported security incidents in 2020. I guess these are all minor incidents, given that few of them have reached the news cycle, because major problems are likely to occur.
I guess most companies only disclose about 10% of the cloud security issues they face. This may be comparable to the “alternative truths” that many people tell their doctors about the number of drinks, sweets, carbohydrates, fats, medications or cigarettes they consume. It is not as if we want to brag about our shortcomings. Often, it is only when our bad habits endanger a part of our body or our life that we make ourselves completely innocent to our doctor. It’s not a scientific comparison, but I think the frequency of security problems in the corporate cloud is quite similar. We only admit problems when necessary.
It may be for this reason that the Netwrix study also showed an alarming response that two-thirds of companies plan to delete sensitive data from the public cloud providers they use. At a time when cloud computing may have reached its peak, we should all sit back and take note of the fact that many organizations extract sensitive data, especially when that number was less than half of the previous year. This disturbing trend indicates a shift in business orientation, far from business continuity systems designed for the traditional use of public clouds, systems that have in fact helped smooth the sudden transition from on-site to home work.