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By VARINDIA    2018-01-10

Cloud Workloads at Risk -WinMagic Research

In a new research released WinMagic has found that security, management and compliance challenges are impacting the benefits businesses are receiving from using the cloud as their infrastructures become more complex. 39% reported their infrastructure was more complex since using the cloud, and 53% spend more time on management tasks than they have done previously.


98% of the 1,029 IT decision maker respondents reported using the cloud, with an average 50% of their infrastructure up in the sky. Over one third (33%) of respondents reported that data is only partially encrypted in the cloud, and 39% admitted to not having unbroken security audit trails across virtual machines in the cloud, leaving them exposed.


Responsibility for the regulatory compliance of data is a significant area of confusion, with only 39% considering themselves ultimately responsible for the compliance of data stored on cloud services. Worryingly, 20% believing it is solely the responsibility of the cloud service provider, whilst a further 20% believed they were covered by their cloud service provider’s SLA.


Further, only a quarter (25%) of respondents has automated tools to ensure compliance rules are not broken. New legislation, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation which comes into enforcement in May 2018, will see companies required to carefully manage the encryption, storage, use and sharing of personally identifiable information. As some people know by now, failure to comply can result in fines equivalent to 4% of annual turnover or €20m, whichever is the greater. Companies should already have an appointed Data Protection Officer, to ensure compliance and mitigate risks.


“The stakes for companies were already high, with data breaches increasing in frequency and scale,” said Mark Hickman, Chief Operating Officer - WinMagic. “EU GDPR reinforces the care that must be taken with data. The simple fact is that businesses must get the controls in place to manage their data, including taking the strategic decision that anything they would not want to see in the public domain, must be encrypted.”


Expanding infrastructure into the cloud has come at a cost for the majority of companies, with a greater burden on IT teams. Over half (55%) reported needing to use more management tools since migrating workloads to the cloud, sometimes needing multiple tools for the same task. Over half (53%) reported spending more time on management tasks than ever before.


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