Securing data in the cloud is the top security priority: survey

Published: Thursday, 03 August 2017 08:38

Alert Logic has announced the results of a survey conducted for the ‘Cybersecurity Trends 2017 Spotlight Report,’ which explores the latest cybersecurity trends and organizational investment priorities among companies in the UK, Benelux and Nordics.

Conducted amongst 317 security professionals, the survey indicates that while cloud adoption is on the rise, the top concern is how to secure data in the cloud and protect against data loss (48 percent). The next two biggest priorities for security professionals were threats to data privacy (43 percent) and regulatory compliance (39 percent).

The study also examined the top constraints faced by these organizations in securing cloud computing infrastructures. The study found that organizations lack internal security resources and expertise to cope with the growing demands of protecting data, systems and applications against increasingly sophisticated threats (42 percent). This is closely followed by a desire to reduce the cost of security (33 percent), moving to continuous 24x7 security coverage (29 percent), improving compliance (24 percent) and increasing the speed of response to incidents (20 percent).

Public cloud platform providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform offer many security measures, but organizations are ultimately responsible for securing their own data and the applications running on those cloud platforms.