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Organisations struggle with cloud configuration

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Data security (opens in new tab) and configuration of cloud-based services is proving to be quite the challenge for many organisations, a new survey has shown.

Fresh figures from security organisation Tripwire says that more than four in five (84 per cent) consider security configurations on cloud (opens in new tab)services “difficult to maintain”. This is based on a poll of 150 security professionals who were in attendance during the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas recently.

A fifth of those find it “very difficult”, while the vast majority (75 per cent) believe it’s easy to accidentally expose data in the cloud. 

Roughly half (54 per cent) have set up configuration management, while 49 per cent have file integrity monitoring capabilities.

“While cloud providers may take responsibility for securing their infrastructure, moving to the cloud doesn’t absolve you from the responsibility of protecting your own data,” said Tim Erlin, vice-president of product management and strategy at Tripwire.

“The cloud doesn’t magically protect the data and systems that you put in there. There’s a new incident reported every few weeks that stresses the need to extend basic security controls (opens in new tab)to cloud environments. Organisations need to ensure they’re implementing critical security controls regardless of where the systems reside,” he added.

The report concludes that organisations monitor their attack surface and minimise security risks through secure configuration and vulnerability management.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.