The State of Cloud Security 2021 [Infographic]

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Monday, October 4, 2021

While the pros of operating in the cloud typically outweigh the cons, businesses shouldn’t solely rely on cloud service providers when it comes to security. In fact, our recent survey shows 38% of IT leaders have reported a data breach in the cloud in the past 12 months. So what else should you know when it comes to cloud security?

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The State of Cloud Security 2021 [Infographic]
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The adoption of cloud computing has increased rapidly due to COVID-19 and has transformed the way businesses operate, helping them reduce IT costs, improve scalability and collaboration, and more.

As life returns to some kind of ‘new normal’ and workers slowly return to the office, this certainly isn’t the end of the cloud. Gartner forecasts that cloud services will reach $397 billion by 2022, and Cision predicts this could hit $832.1 billion by 2025.

Despite the countless benefits of this technology, cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics to exploit security vulnerabilities. As a result, business and IT leaders must pay close attention to cloud security and the risks and challenges it poses to their business.

Learn more: 5 Cloud Security Gaps Keeping CIOs Up at Night

Indeed, our cloud security report reveals 75% of IT leaders are extremely concerned about the security of their cloud-based systems, data and infrastructure, and cite cloud account hijacking as their top security threat.

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While most cloud service providers (CSPs) provide basic cybersecurity tools and minimum protection, they’re not fully responsible for security, so it’s your responsibility to implement the right measures and develop a cloud security policy to ensure safe and secure cloud operations. In doing so, you’ll reduce the likelihood of exposing sensitive data to hackers and prevent security breaches from occurring.

Some general best practices for securing your data include:

  • Developing a clear access policy
  • Utilizing two-factor or multifactor authentication
  • Deploying encryption (or tokenization when dealing with payment card details)

In addition, CIOs and IT professionals should consider investing in cloud security tools, such as:

Whether you’re completely new to cloud computing or you’re simply looking to keep up to date with the latest trends, IFP’s latest infographic compiles some key statistics from our survey report and gives you insight into the current state of cloud security.

Insights for Professionals reveals key statistics from the state of cloud security report in 2021

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