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Study highlights need to address cloud security

09 Jul 14

A recent survey of members of an online IT forum has highlighted concerns over public cloud, sparking the debate whether a privately managed cloud system is better.


More than 700 IT professionals were surveyed by technology company Sophos, which found 65 per cent of respondents do not encrypt corporate data shared on cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud.


With the high amount of data available to businesses today, not encrypting data or setting up sufficient safeguards is likened to putting out the welcome mat for hackers and data breaches.


Just 38 per cent of the IT professionals felt secure about sharing files and collaborating on the public cloud and mobile devices. This is of particular concern, with 84 per cent of their businesses actively involved in allowing unguarded access to cloud-based file share services.


This isn't just a case of one or two sections of the IT department accessing public cloud services either. Nearly half (46 per cent) of respondents said their organisation allows access to all services. Only 38 per cent actively blocked services from the cloud.


CIOs and IT managers are under real pressure in regard to cloud security. With the technology growing in popularity, it is increasingly common for IT professionals to invest in cheap public cloud systems without fully understanding how they can put data and information at risk.


Often it is too late for IT managers to see the issues of public cloud, but one way to get around this is by installing a cloud system that is personally tailored and secured for your firm.


For Australian businesses looking for a more secure way of protecting their data and working collaboratively, they are recommended to invest in IT outsourcing, which promotes security and allow safe remote access to data.
 

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