As of 2015, four-fifths (80 per cent) of enterprises have adopted the cloud – and more than half (60 per cent) are using their cloud environments to store sensitive data.
This is according to the 2015 Vormetric Insider Report, published on March 24th, which shows that cloud services are now used to hold almost as much mission-critical, confidential and regulated information as on-premise storage.
Extrapolating from a global survey of over 800 IT decision-makers, the security vendor estimated that more than a third (36 per cent) of sensitive business data is currently stored in the cloud.
This is almost as much as is held on internal file servers (39 per cent of sensitive data) and in databases (49 per cent), indicating that cloud services are quickly catching up with their more established counterparts in terms of data volumes.
Most respondents were well aware that increased cloud use had exposed their organisations to new threats in terms of security and data recovery, however.
Some 46 per cent of decision-makers described cloud environments as the biggest risk to their key information assets, compared to 37 per cent who cited databases and 29 per cent who considered file servers the greater threat.
Commenting on the survey results, Vormetric chief executive Alan Kessler said IT leaders appear to be “conflicted about their cloud deployments”.
“Market pressures and the benefits of cloud service use are strong, but enterprises have serious security concerns around these environments,” he continued.
“There is enormous anxiety over how sensitive data and systems can best be protected.”
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