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Cloud security issues are common, yet IT professionals trust the cloud.

Call them contrary, but that’s a key finding of a new report from Intel Security. It’s based on the company’s Sept. 2016 survey of more than 2,000 IT professionals worldwide.

The report, entitled “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky,” was released this week, timed to coincide with the big RSA cybersecurity conference being held in San Francisco.

Here’s your solution provider’s summary of the key findings:

> Data losses: Nearly a quarter (23%) of the survey respondents say they’ve suffered data losses with a cloud services provider. One in ten (10%) have seen unauthorized access to data or services via a cloud services provider. And another 10% have had account takeovers, such as credential theft, via a cloud services provider.

> Shadow IT: Tech pros are worried about Shadow IT — the internal use of unauthorized devices and cloud services. To fight back, more than a quarter (27%) say they block access to unauthorized cloud services. 

> Skills shortage: Many IT professionals say they’ve slowed cloud adoption and usage because their organizations lack the needed cybersecurity skills. That’s the case for 47% of respondent at small companies, 51% at medium companies, and 39% at large companies.

> Malware via SaaS: Nearly 70% of survey respondents said their organizations use Software as a Service applications such as DropBox and Office 365. Unfortunately, more than half (52%) of respondents also said they’ve had malware incidents tracked back to these SaaS applications.

> Trust: Despite these security concerns, many IT pros still trust the public cloud enough to use it for storing sensitive data. Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents said they trust the public cloud completely to keep their data secure, up from just 13% in 2015. They’re walking the walk, too: Nearly 85% of survey respondents said they now store some or all of their sensitive data in the public cloud.

Learn more: Download Intel Security’s “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky” full report (or just the executive summary) here.


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