Security pros split on cloud vendors' cooperation with govt

CSA Survey reveals US-based organisations more opposed to government cooperation than those in EMEA

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Security pros split on cloud vendors' cooperation with govt There's concern whether enterprises can put in policies and controls in place to use the cloud securely.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 10, 2016

More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should turn over encrypted data to government when asked.

These are the findings of a recent report ‘Mitigating Cloud Risks’, commissioned by data protection vendor Bitglass, in partnership with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) based on a survey of 176 information security professionals.

Government intervention aside, many organisations have experienced cloud security incidents, though these aren’t the widespread breaches many anticipated - the majority of incidents stem from inappropriate use of the cloud, led by unwanted external sharing and access from unmanaged devices.

 “While hotly contested issues like government intervention remain open, several years of experience with major public cloud apps has demonstrated that the cloud can be more secure than on-premises applications,” said Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. “The primary open concern is whether enterprises can put policies and controls in place to use the cloud securely.”

Mitigating Cloud Risks explores how organisations are securing cloud applications, their plans to improve visibility in the cloud, and top security threats, including unsanctioned apps and external sharing.

Key findings

- 35 percent believe cloud app vendors should be forced to provide government access to encrypted data while 55 percent are opposed. 64 percent of US-based infosec professionals are opposed to government cooperation, compared to only 42 percent of EMEA respondents.

- Most organisations have experienced some cloud security incident, with 59 percent related to unwanted external sharing and 47 percent involving access from unauthorized devices.

- Cloud visibility is lacking - less than half (49 percent) of organisations know even the basics, such as where and when sensitive data is being downloaded from the cloud.

- Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) are on the rise. 60 percent of organisations have deployed or plan to deploy a CASB, with data leakage prevention cited as the most important capability.

- Few have taken action to mitigate Shadow IT threats, with 62 percent relying on written policies rather than technical controls.


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