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Quantifying Shadow Data In The Cloud

Report shows how much data users really are exposing on SaaS services.
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Cloud application security company Elastica today released a report with data collected from its insight into enterprises using its CloudSOC platform to offer insights into how users today are sharing data on the cloud.

The report was based on anonymized and aggregated data and offered insight into the types of data put on the cloud, how much risky shadow data is entrusted to SaaS application and analysis of the potential economic impact if these files are left unprotected and the organization suffers a breach.

According to the report, Elastica found millions of files exposed on the cloud to either compliance violations, intellectual property leaks, or other kinds of risk. When examining across organizations and compared with breach cost estimates, Elastica estimated that the average total economic impact of cloud exposures per business would equal $13.85 million.

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Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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6/8/2015 | 9:31:17 PM
Interesting data...
Thanks for collecting this data. It is very interesting to see what type of data and which sectors are the most vulnerable on the cloud. What I take away from this is that public, consumer grade cloud providers tend to be the least secure. I suppose that's hardly a surprise given that most enterprises using the cloud shy away from those sorts of providers. These security issues seem to be right up there with developing enterprise grade cloud tools for those cloud providers trying to move away from consumers to the enterprise market. It'll be interesting to see how the market responds.
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