Mobile applications are becoming an integral part of not just modern enterprises but also of human existence and a huge part of this shift is due to the emergence of cloud computing. The Mobile Application Security Testing initiative will aim to create a safer cloud ecosystem for mobile applications by creating systematic approaches to application testing and vetting that helps integrate and introduce quality control and compliance to mobile application development and management.
The benefits for enterprises moving to the cloud are clear: greater business agility, data availability, collaboration, and cost savings. The cloud is also changing how companies consume technology. Employees are more empowered than ever before to find and use cloud applications, often with limited or no involvement from the IT department, creating what’s called “shadow IT.” Despite the benefits of cloud computing, companies face numerous challenges including the security and compliance of corporate data, managing employee-led cloud usage, and even the development of necessary skills needed in the cloud era. By understanding the cloud adoption practices and potential risks, companies can better position themselves to be successful in their transition to the cloud.
In the 2014 Cloud Adoption Practices and Priorities (CAPP) survey, the Cloud Security Alliance sought to understand how IT organizations approach procurement and security for cloud services and how they perceive and manage employee-led cloud adoption. We asked IT and security professionals for their views on “shadow IT,” obstacles preventing cloud adoption, types of cloud services requested and blocked, security priorities, and governance practices. We uncovered stark differences between how companies in North America and Europe approach the cloud, and even how large enterprises differ from their smaller counterparts. As more IT departments look to play a greater role in enabling the safe adoption of cloud services, we hope these findings can provide some guidance.
This 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.
Beyond raising awareness around cloud service risk, the findings of this survey are intended to provide usage intelligence that helps IT, security, and business decision-makers take action in their organizations – from consolidating and standardizing on the most secure and enterprise-ready cloud services, to knowing what policies will have the most impact, to understanding where to focus when educating users.
The Cloud Security Alliance surveyed a select group of global data privacy experts with the intention to measure attitudes towards data protection areas that tie into technology solutions which enable the exchange of information across the cloud.