More Sensitive Data Moving to the Cloud, Despite Security Concerns

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According to the results of a recent survey of 4,000 business and IT managers in seven countries, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and commissioned by Thales e-Security, more than half of respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, an increase of approximately 10 percent compared to last year's study.

Still, more than twice as many respondents say use of the cloud has decreased their security posture (35 percent) than say it has increased (15 percent) -- though that's an improvement on last year, when 39 percent of respondents said cloud adoption had decreased their security posture, while only 10 percent said it had increased

More than 60 percent of respondents whose organizations currently transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud believe the cloud provider has primary responsibility for protecting that data, while 22 percent say the cloud consumer is responsible.

At the same time, more than half of respondents say they don't know what their cloud provider does to protect their data, while only 30 percent say they do know.

"Staying in control of sensitive or confidential data is paramount for most organizations today and yet our survey shows they are transferring ever more of their most valuable data assets to the cloud," Ponemon Institute chairman and founder Larry Ponemon said in a statement.