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Corporate data at greater risk in the cloud than thought, report warns

November 01, 2018 / Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Organisations are putting too much faith in cloud service providers' ability to keep data secure without applying their own controls, researchers claim.Companies sustain on average 14 misconfigured infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) instances at any given time, leading to 2,269 misconfiguration incidents per month, according to a report released this week.McAfee's 'Cloud Adoption & Risk' paper highlighted several concerning facets of cloud security, including the fact that sensitive corporate and personal data held and shared in the cloud is rising in conjunction with the number of security incidents.The report found that 21% of files held in the cloud contain sensitive data - a rise from 17% in the past two years. Cloud threats, meanwhile, have risen in tandem - from 20.4 security incidents per month in 2016, to 24.5 in 2017, to 31.3 per month this year.