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Cloud adoption is up again this year. What does that mean for you?

By Salim Hafid | December 1, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 12.27.27 PM.pngEarlier this month we released our annual Cloud Adoption Report which once again showed that enterprises are adopting the cloud at astounding rates. In fact, 59% of organizations worldwide now have deployed Office 365 or G Suite.

While many have already made the jump from premises-based apps to the cloud, there are a few lingering concerns. Is now the right time? Are cloud apps mature? How do I protect corporate data once it moves outside the network perimeter? These are important questions, and interestingly, cloud adoption data give us some insight into the answers.

Cloud apps are mature. The massive 35% of organizations that have Office 365 are evidence of that. But just as critical as the apps themselves are the security solutions used to protect data in the cloud, at access, and on unmanaged devices.

Notably, all industries including those in heavily regulated sectors like Healthcare and Financial Services are choosing cloud apps for their improved flexibility, lower costs, and easy maintenance. Large companies are also closely tracking the rate of adoption of small companies, an indicator that the move to cloud is happening across the board. Even those that have mounds of sensitive data, that have stringent security requirements, and that plan to roll cloud out to thousands of employees are finding that they can now meet those needs. 

Also of note are the growing number of cloud apps in each organization. Slack is just one example of a company making waves as one in three organizations have now tried Slack. Other apps like Salesforce and Box are also used by many. As IT leaders have no doubt found, cloud apps are in use whether officially sanctioned or not, and with time, more need visibility and control over multiple cloud apps. Fortunately, one in ten organizations already have a single sign-on (SSO) solution in place. It's these forward-thinking solutions to cross-app security challenges that will continue to see traction as cloud takes hold.

Whether you already have a cloud app deployed or are just now planning to migrate to an app like Office 365 or G Suite, you need a security solution that can protect data everywhere. Request a demo today to learn more.

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