Irvine, CA, January 12, 2021

Survey: More than half of organizations that store customer data in the cloud had security incidents in 2020

Netwrix study also finds that data theft scenarios resulted in decrease in company valuation, customer churn and loss of competitive edge.

Netwrix, a cybersecurity vendor that makes data security easy, today announced the release of its global 2021 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report. The report reveals that over half (54%) of organizations that store customer data in the cloud had security incidents in 2020. As a result, as many as 62% of organizations plan to remove sensitive data from the cloud or have already done so to improve their data security.

The survey found that the most common types of cloud security incidents in 2020 were phishing (reported by 40% of organizations), ransomware or other malware (24%), and accidental data leakage (17%). Over half of respondents stated that these incidents required obtaining extra budget to address associated security gaps.

Data theft scenarios did considerable damage to business in other ways as well. Incidents involving insider data theft negatively impacted company valuation for 33% of organizations, while data theft by hackers led to customer churn and loss of competitive edge (35% each).

The top data security challenges named by respondents were lack of IT staff (52%), lack of budget (47%) and lack of cloud security expertise (44%). Interestingly, 48% of CISOs noted that the organization’s desire for growth hinders efforts to ensure proper data security in the cloud.

The most popular cloud security controls that organizations already have in their arsenal are encryption (62%), auditing of user activity (58%) and employee training (58%). Also, the majority of respondents either already classify sensitive data in the cloud (49%) or plan to implement this control in the future (31%).

Other survey findings include:

  • Every tenth large enterprise (1,000+ employees) that suffered a cloud data breach changed their senior leadership as a result.
  • 5% of respondents who experienced cloud data theft by hackers needed years to detect it; this was the only type of incident that took that long to spot.
  • Organizations that both classify data and audit user activity are 1.5 times more likely to discover incidents in the cloud in mere minutes.

The top three challenges organizations face in securing data in the cloud are lack of staff, financial resources and expertise. These hardships force security teams to operate in the ‘new day, new breach’ reality. To identify, detect and protect against threats in the cloud continuously, organizations should invest in solutions that help prioritize risks and automate security routines, such as tools that provide data discovery, activity auditing and alerting. That way, security teams can better manage risks, respond to the attacks promptly and minimize negative business outcomes.
Ilia Sotnikov, VP of Product Management at Netwrix

The 2021 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report is based on feedback from 937 IT professionals worldwide who use private and public cloud services to store their data. To get the complete findings, please visit: www.netwrix.com/2021_cloud_data_security_report.html

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Netwrix makes data security easy thereby simplifying how professionals can control sensitive, regulated and business-critical data, regardless of where it resides. More than 10,000 organizations worldwide rely on Netwrix solutions to secure sensitive data, realize the full business value of enterprise content, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase the productivity of IT teams and knowledge workers.

Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 150 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

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