Bitglass, a Campbell, California-based cloud access security broker, has released a new research report suggesting that while the benefits of cloud applications have fueled widespread adoption in nearly every industry, the adoption of cloud security technologies lags cloud adoption, leaving many organizations at risk of data breach.
The report finds that while 81 percent of organizations globally now use cloud apps, just 25 percent of organizations have adopted single sign-on (SSO), which is typically the first, most basic cloud security technology implemented. SSO combined with multi-factor authentication lowers the risk of phishing and password hacks.
“Cloud adoption hits new highs year after year as organizations worldwide have come to trust platforms like Office 365 and AWS, but it is surprising to see that far fewer organizations have invested in basic technologies like SSO to protect their data in the cloud,” said Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass.
Using internally developed technologies, the Bitglass research team scanned the cloud across more than 135,000 companies to identify the cloud services in use. The analysis included cloud productivity suites like Office 365 and G Suite, messaging apps like Slack to file sync and share apps like Box, as well as single sign-on, a basic cloud security technology.
The research points out a solid opportunity for channel partners who can deliver enhanced customer value through established and reliable cloud security solutions.