According to new research from Thales, almost half (49%) of businesses believe cloud apps make them a target for cyberattacks.
Surveying 1,050 IT decision makers globally, Thales’ 2019 Access Management Index revealed that cloud applications (49%) are listed in the top three reasons an organisation might be attacked, just behind unprotected infrastructure such as IoT devices (54%) and web portals (50%).
Jason Hart, Cybersecurity expert at Thales, added: “It’s positive to see the UK ahead of its counterparts in using the right expertise in the right places. Giving CISOs the final decision on cloud access management is the most logical thing because they have the situational awareness to understand the risks facing the business and how to stop it more than anyone else. However, being ahead of the global average isn’t enough as a huge majority are still not giving the CISO or equivalent the final say, leaving most UK businesses exposed in the long run.”
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Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection, Gemalto, discusses why security and confidence must go hand in hand.
In any industry, confidence is a key trait for a business to be successful.The company itself must understand its operations and ability to deliver what customers want, who in turn must trust the company they’re buying from. If either of these traits are broken, it can spell serious trouble. This is why recent results from Gemalto’s Data Security Confidence Index are troubling and a cause for concern. Let me explain.
As the business world becomes increasingly more competitive, data is emerging as the new differentiator that can set a company apart from its rivals. Having that insight into customer buying habits, product usage and general behaviour can be vital to shaping future business strategies. So, it’s worrying to find out two in three (65%) companies don’t have the resources to analyse the data they have.
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Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto, outlines what CISOs should be prioritising as we move into 2019.
There is no doubt that 2018 has been a memorable year for cybersecurity professionals and the industry as a whole. From overseeing the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to the record-breaking number of data breaches, CISOs have had increasing pressures on their shoulders. And, as technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) gain more prominence and emerging technologies such as quantum computing are pursued even further, 2019 looks like it could be another hard year for the industry.
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