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File Sharing: Most Enterprise Cloud Based Applications Lack Strong Security

By Dick Weisinger

Most enterprise cloud-based applications have weak security, according to a new report by  Blue Coat.

The report looked at 15,000 different enterprise cloud applications and 108 million enterprise document.  The following are some of the findings from the study:

  • Enterprises use about 20 times the number of cloud applications than what they estimate
  • 12 percent of the documents examined in the survey contained regulated or confidential information, like source code and legal information
  • 71 percent of applications don’t use multi-factor authentication
  • 11 percent of enterprise cloud applications have not been updated to defend against well-known exploits like FREAK, Logjam, Heartbleed, Poodle SSLv3, Poodle TLS, and CRIME

Michael Fey, Blue Coat president and chief operating officer, said that “the new era of cloud usage brings with it a host of benefits, but can also be a significant challenge for security teams, as the expansion of the attack surface grows along the three dimensions of devices, networks and applications… Adopting new cloud applications can increase a business’s productivity and enable organisations to become more agile, but with rapid migration to the cloud comes a significant number of security and regulation challenge.  An effective and comprehensive security solution must provide granular visibility and control over cloud apps and meet new cloud security regulations like the EU’s GDPR to qualify as enterprise-grade for organisations doing business in the cloud.”

 

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