Why SMBs believe their data is unsafe in the cloud

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Two thirds (61%) of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that their data is unsafe in the cloud, with almost a third (29%) saying that they have suffered a breach since moving to the cloud for storage.

Our new report, “Under a cloud of suspicion,” draws on research conducted with 300 heads of security within SMBs based in the UK, US, and France who are using Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive. It examines the current perceptions of cloud storage security among organizations and highlights a clear need for work to be done to ensure the safety of company data living in the cloud.

Once you start to unpick these perceptions of cloud storage, the reasons why they exist becomes clear. According to the report, 31% say that since moving to the cloud for storage, it’s been harder to detect unauthorized access, while 21% admit to keeping their most sensitive data stored on on-premises infrastructure because they don’t trust its security in the cloud.

There’s no doubt that the cloud has considerably enhanced the way that SMBs do business. But businesses who have moved to the cloud for storage are finding it harder to detect unauthorized access to company files and folders. The ease of sharing data among teams and simple integrations their storage can have with other cloud applications significantly increases the prospect of unauthorized access. This difficulty is helping drive SMBs to outsource their IT services to a qualified IT managed service partner.

What’s more, is that security becomes even more challenging for those SMBs who use a mixture of on-premises and cloud because it’s much harder to track files and folders across both environments without a single consolidated view. 56% of those surveyed say that it’s difficult to manage the security of data living in these hybrid infrastructures.

The last thing any business wants is to suffer a breach of data. Therefore, there needs to be a stronger and more efficient way to ensure that data in the cloud remains safe. This is where FileAudit comes in. 

FileAudit proactively tracks, audits and reports on all access to files and folders — and alerts IT teams to suspicious file activity the moment it occurs. Traditionally, FileAudit monitored files and folders on Windows Active Directory-based servers, but now, IS Decisions has extended FileAudit’s monitoring capabilities to Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, Box and Microsoft OneDrive.

To learn more about how SMBs perceive the security of the cloud storage and what they are doing to protect their data in the cloud, read the report:

Under a Cloud of Suspicion 

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Chris Bunn is the Directeur Général Adjoint of IS Decisions, a global cybersecurity software company, specializing in access management and multi-factor authentication for Microsoft Active Directory environments and the cloud.

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