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November 14, 2014

Employees the weakest link in cloud security

90% of the organisations expressed concerns regarding cloud security

By CBR Staff Writer

SMBs consider employees as their weakest link in cloud security, according to a survey by cloud based application provider CloudEntr.

According to the company’s State of SMB Cybersecurity report, which surveyed 438 IT professionals from SMBs across the US, 90%of organisations expressed concerns regarding cloud security.

Around 75% of IT professionals regarded employees exposing data unintentionally as their biggest concern.

SMBs felt threatened by server side attack, with larger SMBs raising concerns of hacked employee credentials threatening the cyber security of the organisation.

89% of the professionals considered employee education regarding security as the top preventive measures, followed by stronger perimeter security and stronger server security.

However, 60% of companies said that recent attacks on companies like JP Morgan and eBay did not impact their security decisions, with 48% regarding social engineering as one of the the top challenges facing companies.

CloudEntr vice president of business development Tom Smith said: "Given the proliferation of threats experienced in 2014 and its strong potential to increase in 2015.

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"We believe SMBs should consider investing in the tools that will ensure that the sanctity of their data and brands remains intact.

"If there ever was a ‘Year of the Hack’, 2014 has been it."

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