New research shows an increase in cloud adoption, and while there are clear benefits, some sectors are more at risk than others.
A questionnaire (opens in new tab) of 1,800 global respondents, conducted by Blancco, found evidence of “extensive” cloud adoption, but data management best practices show particular weakness in many businesses, including healthcare and finance.
The survey found that just over half (57%) of organizations have a schedule to assess different data types to determine end-of-life (EOL), but this leaves more than four in 10 companies without any form of review behind. .
Risks of Cloud Adoption
The study also took a closer look at the methods used for assessment and found that more than a quarter (28%) use the “blunt” approach of automatic due date setting. While this is certainly an effective way to ensure that all data is assessed, the general one-size-fits-all approach does not meet the needs of different data classes.
“Best practices that may have been in place in on-premises data centers may be left behind as organizations migrate their data to the cloud,” said Blancco.
It is possible that many believe that risks related to EOL are less prevalent in the cloud, or that a simple lack of knowledge makes these high-risk industries even more at risk. The latter is supported by the 65% of respondents who felt they were better off managing EOL on-premises rather than in the cloud.
Looking ahead, Blancco emphasizes the need for a “rethink” of data ownership, moving not only from on-prem to cloud storagebut also adjust accordingly.
In general, some of individuals’ most personally identifiable and sensitive information is held by these industries, and while improved connectivity and collaboration are vital to progress in any industry, risk reduction and compliance must remain a top priority.