Only 4% of Security and IT Leaders Believe All of Their Cloud Data is Sufficiently Secured

New cloud data survey from the Cloud Security Alliance and BigID sheds light on the state of cloud data security in 2022.

October 20, 2022

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NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BigID, the leading data intelligence platform that enables organizations to know their enterprise data and take action for privacy, security, and governance, today released the Cloud Data Security Research Report 2022, in partnership with Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) — with results from over 1,500 IT & Security professionals.

The results? According to the survey, organizations consider cloud data security a top 3 priority when protecting data - and cloud data security posture management (DSPM) is critical to addressing gaps.

Key findings include:

  • Organizations are struggling with securing and tracking sensitive data in the cloud: Only 4% believe all of their cloud data is sufficiently secured: over a quarter of organizations aren't tracking regulated data, nearly a third aren't tracking confidential or internal data, and 45% aren't tracking unclassified data.

  • 82% of organizations consider capturing dark data a moderate to high priority this year. Additionally, 79% of organizations reported to have moderate to high levels of concern around the proliferation of dark data in their organization but are unsure about how to approach the challenge.

  • SaaS Data needs to become a priority: 76% of organizations rate tracking data across SaaS platforms as moderately to highly difficult.

  • Organizations are utilizing multiple cloud platforms: 86% of organizations utilize multiple cloud platforms to store their data- across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS

  • 62% of organizations report that they are likely to experience a cloud data breach in the next year.

"Cloud data security is top of mind for organizations of all sizes, showing that many organizations are unprepared to deal with the unique challenges of securing data in the cloud. With the rapid growth of cloud, it is essential that organizations take steps to improve their cloud data security posture," said Dimitri Sirota, CEO and co-founder at BigID. "This research underscores the value of solutions like BigID to accelerate cloud data security with a risk-based, data-first approach that can scale as data continues to expand across the multi-cloud."

To learn more, download a copy of BigID's Cloud Data Security Research Report 2022 today.

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The survey was conducted online by CSA in July 2022 and received 1663 responses from IT and security professionals from organizations of various sizes and locations.

About BigID

BigID enables organizations to know their enterprise data and take action for data-centric security, privacy, and governance. Companies deploy BigID to proactively discover, manage, protect, and get more value from their regulated, sensitive, and personal data across their data landscape. By applying next-gen ML across the data landscape, BigID's data security, privacy, and governance solutions enrich and extend the modern tech stack, making it easier than ever to discover dark data, reduce risk, accelerate cloud migrations, achieve compliance, and align with security frameworks by taking a data-first approach. Go big with the BigID Data Intelligence Platform or start small with SmallID: the first cloud-native, on-demand data-centric security solution designed to automatically discover, manage, and protect cloud data - across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

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