Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

Most Execs Don't Feel They Can Secure Cloud Infrastructures

Two-thirds of IT pros don't believe cloud environments are as secure as on-premises environments

Enterprises are using cloud infrastructures, but they aren't very confident in their ability to secure them, according to a study to be published Wednesday.

Fewer than half of enterprises believe their organizations have adequate technologies to secure their cloud infrastructures, according to a survey of 1,000 IT security practitioners and enterprise compliance officers conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by encryption vendor Vormetric.

According to the report, entitled "Data Security in the Cloud Survey of U.S. IT Operations, IT Security and Compliance Practitioners," only one-third of IT security practitioners believe cloud infrastructure (IaaS) environments are as secure as on-premise datacenters, while half of compliance officers think IaaS is as secure.

Twenty-one percent of compliance officers said they are responsible for defining security requirements, but 22 percent of IT respondents think this responsibility belongs to business unit leaders.

Fewer than a third of respondents said they encrypt data in the cloud. IT practitioners said encryption should be used to make data unreadable by cloud service providers, but compliance officers said encryption should be used to enforce separation of duties to prevent IT administrators from accessing data they do not need to perform their jobs.

"While we were surprised by the different attitudes towards cloud security among IT practitioners and compliance officers, the findings did reveal that security in the cloud is a concern for both groups, especially in IaaS environments," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "What is most troubling is the fact that while respondents feel they lack adequate technologies to secure their IaaS environments, ownership for security in the cloud is dispersed throughout the organization."

Data in IaaS cloud environments is perceived as a greater security risk, while SaaS (software as a service) is considered by both groups to be more secure.

More than half of respondents said their organizations' internal audit review does not provide feedback on the security in cloud infrastructures, the study says.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Commentary
Cyberattacks Are Tailored to Employees ... Why Isn't Security Training?
Tim Sadler, CEO and co-founder of Tessian,  6/17/2021
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
7 Powerful Cybersecurity Skills the Energy Sector Needs Most
Pam Baker, Contributing Writer,  6/22/2021
News
Microsoft Disrupts Large-Scale BEC Campaign Across Web Services
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/15/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
The State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
In this report learn how enterprises are building their incident response teams and processes, how they research potential compromises, how they respond to new breaches, and what tools and processes they use to remediate problems and improve their cyber defenses for the future.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-35210
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-23
Contao 4.5.x through 4.9.x before 4.9.16, and 4.10.x through 4.11.x before 4.11.5, allows XSS. It is possible to inject code into the tl_log table that will be executed in the browser when the system log is called in the back end.
CVE-2021-27649
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-23
Use after free vulnerability in file transfer protocol component in Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) before 6.2.3-25426-3 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2021-29084
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-23
Improper neutralization of special elements in output used by a downstream component ('Injection') vulnerability in Security Advisor report management component in Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) before 6.2.3-25426-3 allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2021-29085
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-23
Improper neutralization of special elements in output used by a downstream component ('Injection') vulnerability in file sharing management component in Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) before 6.2.3-25426-3 allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via unspecified vectors.
CVE-2021-29086
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-23
Exposure of sensitive information to an unauthorized actor vulnerability in webapi component in Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) before 6.2.3-25426-3 allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via unspecified vectors.