TechRadar – The public cloud is not safe – and it’s your fault

Love the headline. This article shines a light on IT professionals taking responsibility for their own systems security.

What has the cloud ever done to you? General enthusiasm for moving huge tranches of private, sensitive company data onto the public cloud seems to wax and wane. It waxes as prices drop, new pay-as-you-go business plans emerge and new SaaS products go online, and it wanes when the media cover an Ashley Madison or a TalkTalk hack – and there have been plenty of those in 2015.

Security concerns remain the most common reason for businesses avoiding public cloud services, but providers like AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM insist that their clouds are safe. That only leaves one weak link – the people who work for the businesses that use them. If the cloud isn’t as safe as it should be, it’s your fault.

According to analysts at Gartner, 95% of cloud security failures by 2020 will be the customer’s fault. “Only a small percentage of the security incidents impacting enterprises using the cloud have been due to vulnerabilities that were the provider’s fault,” says Gartner’s report Top Strategic Predictions for 2016 and Beyond: The Future Is a Digital Thing.

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