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This research, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, surveyed 3,285 IT and IT security professionals in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, India and Brazil who are familiar and involved in their company’s use of both public and private cloud resources.
49% say cloud services make it more difficult to protect confidential or sensitive information.
Only 46% of respondents say their organizations have a policy that requires use of security safeguards such as encryption as a condition to using certain cloud computing resources.
And 75% say it is more complex to manage privacy and data protection regulations in cloud environments than on premises.
Organizations should educate employees on security, set comprehensive policies for data governance and compliance, create guidelines for the sourcing of cloud services, such as including IT security in the process, and establish rules for securely storing data in the cloud.
Companies can increase security, maintain control of sensitive data, and improve compliance with regulatory mandates in the cloud by enabling IT departments to centrally manage data protection solutions across the organization.
As companies store more sensitive data in the cloud and deploy more cloud-based services, IT organizations need to place greater emphasis on stronger data protection measures. This includes encrypting or tokenizing sensitive data, maintaining control and ownership of encryption keys, storing keys securely in hardware and separately from encrypted data, and applying strong multi-factor authentication to control access to cloud-based business applications.