Security research of 1,400 IT professionals from cybersecurity firm, McAfee, has revealed some interesting findings. It found that one in four organisations using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has had data stolen, while one in five has experienced an advanced attack against their cloud infrastructure. For most organisations today, the digital transformation drive is accelerating cloud adoption – and with 97 percent worldwide using some type of cloud service, security is a significant issue. The figures from McAfee highlight the difficulty of securing data in the cloud, if organisations fail to adequately protect their infrastructure.
One of the most notorious examples of a breach involved the leak of celebrity photos in 2014, which brought the issue of cloud security into sharp focus. And as a more recent leak from wrestling entertainment firm WWE shows, the issue has not gone away – in this case, an unprotected AWS server exposed the details of three million customers. The implications of continued security incidents should focus of the minds of organisations; with GDPR also now in force, and organisations starting to be fined, it’s essential to be part of the 75 percent avoiding data losses or breaches in the cloud.