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September 18, 2017

GDPR compliance failed by 75% of cloud services

Is your organisation doing all it can to ready for the arrival of GDPR? It is now only months away, landing in May, 2018.

By Tom Ball

With the arrival of GDPR in May 2018 fast approaching, cloud services are proving to be a major weak area for businesses in achieving compliance with the regulation.

Three quarters of cloud services within businesses have been found to be failing to meet the standards outlined by GDPR, with only 24.6 percent gaining the necessary “high” rating.

This is a crucial focus area for businesses aiming to achieve GDPR compliance, with the average enterprise found to be operating with 1,022 cloud services.

Cloud security provider, Netskope, is behind this revelation, having released its September Cloud Report on enterprise cloud service usage trends. The report also revealed an evolution of threats in the cloud.

The Threat Research Labs at Netskope found that backdoors are the most common threat located within the enterprise environment, equating to 27.4 percent of all detected threats. Threats have been found to be highly dangeroEnterprise GDPR compliance failed by 75% of cloud servicesus on average, with 86.9 percent of all threats placed in the “high severity” bracket.

Sanjay Beri, CEO and founder of Netskope, said: “Cloud adoption is inevitability and has enormous business value for enterprises across all geographies and verticals.  It also introduces a new set of complex security challenges in the enterprise, with regulations like the GDPR one of the more complex challenges.”

Cloud adoption is beginning to gain traction across the industries, with organisations aspiring to enhanced security in the cloud, but the transitional phase could cause vulnerability for many.

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“On the eve of the compliance deadline, complete visibility into and real-time control over cloud usage and activity in a centralised, consistent way that works across all cloud services is paramount for organisations to understand how they use and protect their customers’ personal data and, consequently, comply with the GDPR,” said Beri.

There are signs that on the one hand organisations are making progress towards GDPR readiness, while this study proves that many organisations are still leaving major stones unturned.

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