Security "Bits"

Cloud adoption on the rise. Many don't follow security best practices

By Salim Hafid | December 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM


In our year-end Cloud Adoption report, we sampled over 100,000 businesses to determine rates of adoption within each industry. Adoption in all industries surveyed, from healthcare and finance to biotech and consumer goods, increased year-over-year. In fact, at least 30% of organizations in each industry have adopted some public cloud application. As cloud apps have become more cost-effective and Cloud Access Security Brokers like Bitglass emerge to secure data beyond the firewall, many organizations that were otherwise hesitant to migrate from their established on-premise infrastructure are making the move to the cloud. It's just recently that these cloud apps, when secured with a Cloud Access Security Broker like Bitglass, have been able to achieve regulatory compliance en masse.

Of the organizations that have already deployed some cloud app, many aren't following security best practices. Our data revealed that few organizations use single sign-on (SSO) alongside Google Apps and Office 365. The communications and consulting verticals, for example, stand at mere 1.8% and 2.6% SSO adoption rates respectively. Even in highly regulated industries, where security of information is paramount, a relatively small proportion of organizations use SSO.

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