New research points to a surge in cloud adoption, and while there are obvious benefits, some industries are more at risk than others.
AND questionnaire (opens in a new tab) A survey of 1,800 global respondents by Blancco found evidence of “extensive” adoption of the cloud, but data management best practices point to particular vulnerabilities for many companies, including healthcare and finance.
The study found that just over half (57%) of organizations have a schedule of reviewing different types of data for end-of-life (EOL) determination, yet this still leaves more than four out of 10 companies without any form of review.
The risk of cloud adoption
The survey also delved into the methods used for the review and found that more than a quarter (28%) use the “off-the-cuff” approach of automatically setting an expiration date. While this is certainly an effective way to ensure that all data is evaluated, a general, one-size-fits-all approach does not meet the needs of different classes of data.
“Best practices that may have been in place in on-premises data centers may be missed as organizations migrate their data to the cloud,” said Blancco.
It is possible that many believe that EOL risks are less prevalent in the cloud, or that sheer lack of knowledge is responsible for putting these high-risk industries at even greater risk. The latter argument is supported by 65% of respondents who felt they could better manage EOL locally rather than in the cloud.
Looking ahead, Blancco highlights the need to “rethink” data ownership, which not only enables the transition from on-prem to cloud storagebut also adapt accordingly.
Overall, some of the most sensitive and personally identifiable information belonging to individuals is found in these industries, and while better connectivity and collaboration are essential for progress in any sector, risk reduction and compliance should remain the primary focus.