Public Cloud Security Concerns & Solutions

Public Cloud Security Concerns & Solutions

Cloud technology has been integrated into most business practices. In fact, according to the new cloud adoption and security report from McAfee, an astounding 97% of organizations now use cloud services. These businesses both small and large are utilizing the cloud in one form or another whether it is public, private, or a combination of the two. This report provides a range of insightful data, but one data point that should be of concern to companies is that 1-in-4 businesses using the public cloud have experienced data theft.

The third annual report from McAfee was conducted late last year, between October and December of 2017. It included 1,400 participants that were IT professionals across a range of industries and 11 countries. Included within these participants were representatives of small businesses, who are really starting to experience the immense benefits of cloud computing, despite the concerns regarding risk.

Security Concern
With nearly 100% of organizations adopting cloud technology, the primary concern of those surveyed is data theft. A significant reason for this concern is the fact that 25% of SaaS and IaaS users have experienced data theft in one form or another. According to the survey 76% of respondents are dealing with a shortage of team members that are adequately skilled in cybersecurity.

Proper security protocols can be enacted to fight back against the risks posed by public cloud associated data theft. With strong security measures, organizations can have more control over their own data in a highly transparent fashion. This allows for organizations to continue to take advantage of the cloud while simultaneously improving data security.

Some tactics can be incorporated in order to fend off data theft and increase security at your organization. Try deploying a single unified management platform instead of using a series of management tools. The unified platform can be deployed across multiple clouds in order to reduce complexity and increase security.

Another recommendation is to incorporate tools that automate processes such as Microsoft Flow (part of Office 365), Ansible or Chef. These tools are becoming a central piece of IT operations, and should be considered when moving processes to the cloud.

Despite the security concerns that are present when migrating to the cloud, the benefits of cloud computing largely outweigh the downsides. Native security and third party integration have helped make cloud tech much safer, while knowledge of the cloud grows daily. 90% of McAfee respondents report that they are more confident in the cloud then they were a year ago, and this number will only improve.

If you’d like to discuss how cloud vulnerabilities might be affecting your organization, and how to ensure that your data is secure, contact us at to learn more.