A recent CTERA survey of 400 IT decision makers and IT specialists found that 36 percent of respondents said the loss of data in the cloud would be more catastrophic than their data center crashing, and 14 percent said it would cost them their jobs.

At the same time, 67 percent of respondents deploy more than 25 percent of their applications in the cloud, and 37 percent plan to grow their cloud use by 25 percent or more.

Fifty-four percent of respondents are using a hybrid cloud strategy that leverages both on-premises and cloud services.

Still, 66 percent of respondents say there's less focus on backing up cloud data due to an assumption that the cloud is inherently more resilient than on-premises applications.

"The enterprise's move beyond traditional data centers has rewritten the playbook for data protection in the cloud," CTERA senior vice president of marketing Jeff Denworth said in a statement.

Separately, a recent ServiceNow survey of 1,850 mid- to senior-level managers found that 52 percent of respondents choose the cloud as the default for new business applications, and 77 percent said they would complete the shift to the cloud within two years.

"For years, pundits have waited for an enterprise shift from traditional data center computing to cloud computing," ServiceNow chief strategy officer Dave Wright said in a statement. "Today reality meets hype, and cloud-first consumption will accelerate at a break-neck speed in the next two years."

Still, 89 percent of companies that have completed the shift to a cloud-first model said their current IT staff lacked the required skill sets to be successful in the new cloud world. Eighty-eight percent felt the cloud could be a replacement for a formal IT department at least some of the time.

"Amidst the cloud-first shift, there are ominous signs for IT if there's no change," Wright added. "We believe this presents a real opportunity for those visionary IT organizations who can become strategic partners to the enterprise during this shift to cloud-first."

According to Bitglass' 2016 Cloud Adoption Report, based on an examination of cloud app usage in over 120,000 organizations worldwide, 59 percent of organizations now use Office 365 or G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work), up from 48 percent in 2015.

Slack is one of the fastest-growing enterprise cloud services, according to the report, with at least some use in 33 percent of enterprises worldwide.

"Strong growth in the adoption of cloud applications is driving increased concern around data security," Bitglass CEO Nat Kausik said in a statement. "While SaaS providers do an excellent job of securing infrastructure, securing corporate data remains the reponsibility of the enterprise."

A recent eSecurity Planet article looked at six questions to ask yourself about your cloud security.

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