The dark side of the cloud’s Gilded Age is that organizations are leaving data in the shadows, making it vulnerable to cyberattacks. Despite the increased visibility of cloud data, 93% of data security and governance professionals remain concerned about shadow data. This is the No.1 challenge to protecting data in the cloud, up from No.3 last year. The smartest people in the business are working very quickly, and IT and security teams are still using manual or old tools that are not agile and dynamic enough to keep up with the pace of change in the cloud.
Thankfully, corporate leaders are starting to realize the need for a data-centric approach and that new, cloud-native, solutions are available. 92% of respondents stated the rise in cloud data breaches has convinced executive-level leadership to purchase cloud-native security platforms, up 50% from last year. This is reinforced by the fact that 66% of organizations have increased security budgets by 41%-or-more in the past year.
To thrive in today’s threat landscape, organizations need best-in-breed cloud-native security platforms that provide autonomous and agentless discovery, classification, and protection across multi-cloud architecture. Only then will data security professionals be equipped to reduce the innovation attack surface while still encouraging the activities that bring value back to the business.