The cloud has been viewed as an efficient, safe tool for data storage and computing for some time now. A recent report from the Cloud Computing Alliance highlights a few challenges with cloud technology. This interesting information came to us from Digital Insurance in their article, “Cloud adoptions are obscuring data visibility, says new study.”

The report highlighted some configuration and data visibility problems resulting from managing security in public clouds.

The report is based on a survey of 700 IT and security professionals worldwide. When asked to rank on a scale of 1 to 4 those aspects of managing security in public clouds that they found challenging, respondents cited proactively detecting misconfigurations and security risks as the biggest challenge.

That was followed by a lack of visibility into the entire cloud estate, audit preparation and compliance, holistic management of cloud and on-premises environments, and managing multiple clouds.

Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of the value of the cloud with its improved agility and flexibility, but they are also facing unique new security concerns.

Melody K. Smith

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