Application Security //

Database Security

6/9/2016
02:45 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Cloud Apps Just As Secure As On-Premise Apps, Say InfoSec Pros

Unfortunately, 75% of cloud apps will still fall afoul of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, according to new studies.

Once studiously avoided by enterprises because of security and compliance concerns, cloud applications have now gained the trust of most infosec professionals, according to a new survey by Bitglass. However, cloud apps' security and compliance concerns are far from over -- the lion's share of them are unprepared for new legislation coming out of Europe, according to a new study by Netskope. 

Black Hat USA returns to the fabulous Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada July 30 through Aug. 4, 2016. Click for information on the conference schedule and to register.

Fifty-two percent of respondents to the Bitglass survey of 2,200 information security professionals said they believe cloud apps are at least as secure as on-premise apps (17% say more secure; 35% as secure). Enterprise confidence in cloud apps has increased so much that 61% of respondents have existing or planned Office 365 deployments and 26% have existing or planned Google Apps deployments.

But research from Netskope shows the number of enterprises that found malware in their sanctioned cloud apps nearly tripled from Q4 to Q1 (from 4.1- to 11%), including "many" instances of ransomware; and 73.5% of the threats were considered "high" severity.

Further, three-quarters of cloud apps are not ready to comply with the European Union's new General Data Protection Directive, according to Netskope.  

Our early findings indicate that 75.4 percent of all cloud apps are not ready for the GDPR, meaning they lack proper geography, security, and privacy controls as well as industry certifications to be considered ready to comply with the requirements of GDPR. When assessing cloud apps, enterprises will increasingly have to do the due diligence on cloud apps in use by employees and compensate for the lack of native controls.

The GDPR, which will go into effect in 2018, places rigorous demands on cloud application providers and the organizations that use them. For example, the legislation requires that enterprises can organizations can guarantee that EU citizens' personally identifiable information is kept in datacenters that reside within EU borders. Plus, it requires that EU citizen data be subject to a variety of other security and privacy protections and policies.

Maybe respondents to the Bitglass survey had GDPR on the brain when they were answering questions, because when identifying their "most-desired capabilities" creating data boundaries and setting security policies across multiple cloud apps were top of the wishlist.

Unfortunately, many cloud apps are falling short on these native capabilities, which means that organizations will need to eschew cloud services or find add-on solutions.

One to three respondents to the Bitglass survey state that external sharing is the biggest threat to cloud apps security. Netskope found a sizeable portion -- 26% -- of sanctioned enterprise cloud apps were shared externally; some even publicly.  

Related Content:

 

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
Worst Password Blunders of 2018 Hit Organizations East and West
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
10 Best Practices That Could Reshape Your IT Security Department
This Dark Reading Tech Digest, explores ten best practices that could reshape IT security departments.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-20161
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
A design flaw in the BlinkForHome (aka Blink For Home) Sync Module 2.10.4 and earlier allows attackers to disable cameras via Wi-Fi, because incident clips (triggered by the motion sensor) are not saved if the attacker's traffic (such as Dot11Deauth) successfully disconnects the Sync Module from the...
CVE-2018-20159
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
i-doit open 1.11.2 allows Remote Code Execution because ZIP archives are mishandled. It has an upload feature that allows an authenticated user with the administrator role to upload arbitrary files to the main website directory. Exploitation involves uploading a ".php" file within a "...
CVE-2018-20157
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
The data import functionality in OpenRefine through 3.1 allows an XML External Entity (XXE) attack through a crafted (zip) file, allowing attackers to read arbitrary files.
CVE-2018-20154
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-14
The WP Maintenance Mode plugin before 2.0.7 for WordPress allows remote authenticated users to discover all subscriber e-mail addresses.
CVE-2018-20155
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-14
The WP Maintenance Mode plugin before 2.0.7 for WordPress allows remote authenticated subscriber users to bypass intended access restrictions on changes to plugin settings.