Security and privacy certifications and attestations have been identified as one of most effective and efficient means to increase the level of trust in cloud services and stimulate their adoption. Based on this on assumption a number of efforts have begun in Europe at policy level mainly led by the European Commission (EC), in collaboration with ENISA and the Clouds Standards Coordination CSC ETSI effort. These efforts have aroused much interest in European solutions for cloud standards and software industry development beyond the European Union.
Users believe that few cloud apps are used by employees and BYOD devices, while other studies noted show that hundreds of cloud apps are in use within each enterprise today. This tells us that cloud application discovery tools and analytical tools on cloud app policy use and restrictions are crucial in the workplace, especially when it comes to sensitive data being used by these cloud applications. With sensitive data being uploaded and shared by these apps with authorized and unauthorized users, policy enforcement becomes a major role in protecting your data.
CSA'a survey was circulated to over 165 IT and security professionals in the U.S. and around the globe representing a variety of industry verticals and enterprise sizes. The goal was to understand their perception of how their enterprises are using cloud apps, what kind of data are moving to and through those apps, and what that means in terms of risks.