Rise in data breaches and the complexity of cloud environments according to the latest Thales Cloud Security report

  • Multicloud adoption accelerates with 72% of organizations using multiple IaaS providers, up from 57% in 2021

  • 66% of organizations store between 21% and 60% of their sensitive data in the cloud

  • 45% experienced a data breach or failed an audit involving cloud data and apps, up from 35% in 2021

Paris No Defense June 22 2022– (Business Wire) –The Thales Cloud Security Report 2022451 Research, an S&P Global Market Intelligence firm, reports that 45% of companies experienced data breaches or failed an audit in the past 12 months, up 5% from the previous year.1which raises even greater concerns about protecting sensitive data from cybercrime.

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Globally, cloud adoption, and more specifically multicloud, continues to rise. In 2021, organizations around the world used an average of 110 SaaS applications2, compared to just eight in 2015, showing an astonishingly rapid increase. A marked expansion was observed in the use of IaaS multi-vendors, with nearly three-quarters (72%) of companies using IaaS multi-vendors, up from 57% in the previous year. Use of multiple providers nearly doubled in one year, with one in five respondents (20%) indicating they use three or more providers.

Despite this increasing prevalence and use of the cloud, organizations have common concerns about the increasing complexity of their services, with the majority (51%) of IT professionals agreeing that managing privacy and protecting cloud data is becoming more complex. In addition, moving to the cloud has also become more complex, with the percentage of respondents indicating that they are planning a “lift and shift” approach, the simplest of migration strategies, dropping from 55% in 2021 to 24% currently.

Security challenges of the complexity of Multicloud

With this increasing complexity comes a greater need for robust cyber security. When asked what percentage of their sensitive data is stored in the cloud, the vast majority (66%) answered between 21 and 60%. However, only a quarter of respondents (25%) said they were able to categorize all of their data.

Additionally, nearly a third of respondents (32%) admitted that they had difficulty delivering a breach notice to a government agency, customer, partner, or employee. This worrisome aspect must be addressed by companies with sensitive data, particularly in highly regulated industries.

Cyber ​​attacks also present an ongoing threat to applications and cloud data. Respondents reported an increased prevalence of attacks, with a quarter (26%) reporting an increase in malware, 25% in ransomware and a fifth (19%) in phishing/phishing attacks.

Protect sensitive data

When it comes to securing data in multicloud environments, IT professionals view encryption as a critically important security control. The majority of respondents mentioned that encryption (59%) and key management (52%) are the security techniques they currently use to protect their sensitive data in the cloud.

However, when asked what percentage of their data is in the encrypted cloud, only one tenth (11%) of respondents indicated between 81 and 100%. In addition, the proliferation of major management platforms may pose a challenge to organizations. Only 10% of respondents use one or two systems, 90% use three or more, and one in five (17%) admit to using eight or more platforms.

Encryption should be a priority area for businesses when securing cloud data. In fact, 40% of respondents said they were able to avoid the breach notification process because their stolen or leaked data was encrypted or tokenized, demonstrating the practical value of crypto platforms.

Furthermore, it is encouraging to see signs that companies are adopting a zero-trust approach and investing accordingly. Nearly a third of respondents (29%) say they already implement a Zero Trust safety strategy, a quarter (27%) say they are considering or planning this type of strategy, and 23% say they are considering one. This is a positive result, but there is still a long way to go.

Sebastian Cano, Senior Vice President, Cloud Protection and Licensing, Thales: “The complexity of managing multicloud environments cannot be overemphasized. In addition, the increasing importance of data sovereignty is increasingly raising questions for those responsible for information systems security and data protection. Data when building their cloud strategy, governance, and risk management. Not only Where sensitive data is stored, but also who has access to sensitive data within the organization.

There are many solutions, such as encryption and key management. Last but not least, it will be essential to continue adopting Zero Trust’s strategy to secure these complex environments, helping to ensure organizations protect their data and meet future challenges.”

Thales and 451 Research will discuss these findings in more detail at a webinar on June 23, 2022. To participate, please visit the registration page.

About Thales Global Cloud Security 2022

As organizations emerge from emergency measures in the past two years, they find themselves struggling to secure the more complex environments in which they now operate. The global edition of the Thales Cloud Security 2022 study examines various aspects of these impacts based on a comprehensive survey of security professionals and executive leaders on topics such as accelerating digital transformation, cloud migration, and the complexities of managing security in multicloud environments. The Thales Cloud Security 2022 study is based on data from a survey of nearly 2,800 security professionals and executives. This study was conducted using an observational approach and no causal relationship was established.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a leading global high-tech company investing in digital and deep technology innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum – to build a future of trust, which is essential to the development of our societies. The group delivers solutions, services and products that help its clients – companies, organizations and nations – in the areas of defence, aerospace, transportation, digital identity and security, to achieve their critical missions by putting people at the center of decisions.

Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020, the group achieved a turnover of 16.2 billion euros.

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1 https://cpl.thalesgroup.com/cloud-security-research
2 https://www.statista.com/statistics/1233538/average-number-saas-apps-yearly/

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