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As more companies put sensitive data in the public cloud – so the security threats increase

October 30, 2018 / James Bourne

More organisations are putting their sensitive data in the public cloud – so it comes as no surprise that cloud threats, and mistakes in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS implementation are at an all-time high.That is the key finding from a new report by McAfee, which argues the old bugaboo of shared responsibility continues to kick in and give organisations a kick in the teeth when it comes to cloud security.The study, the security firm’s latest Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, analysed aggregated and anonymised cloud usage data for more than 30 million users globally. Among the findings were that more than one in five (21%) of all files in the cloud contained sensitive data, while the sharing of sensitive data with a publicly accessible link has gone up 23% year over year.Organisations have more than 2,200 individual misconfigurations per month in their infrastructure as a service and platform as a service public cloud instances, the report noted.