Intel Security cloud report recommends firms to use multi-factor authentication, biometrics

February 13, 2017 - 

Intel Security has published its second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky”, which recommends that organizations use authentication best practices, such as distinct passwords, MFA and biometrics.

Based on the survey results of more than 2,000 IT professionals, the report details the current state of cloud adoption, the main concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT.

The report states that hackers are seeking the easiest targets, and are largely attacking user credentials — particularly for administrators.

To this end, Intel Security recommends that organizations use authentication best practices, such as distinct passwords, multi-factor authentication and biometrics where available.

The report also finds that security technologies such as data loss prevention, encryption and cloud access security brokers (CASBs) continue to be underused.

By integrating these tools with an existing security system, organizations are able to increase visibility, enable discovery of shadow services, and provide more options for automatic protection of sensitive data in any environment.

In conclusion, Intel Security recommends that organizations adopt a Cloud First strategy to promote adoption of cloud services to lower costs and boost flexibility.

“The ‘Cloud First’ strategy is now well and truly ensconced into the architecture of many organizations across the world,” said Raj Samani, EMEA chief technology officer of Intel Security. “The desire to move quickly toward cloud computing appears to be on the agenda for most organizations. This year, the average time before respondents thought their IT budgets would be 80 percent cloud-based was 15 months, indicating that Cloud First for many companies is progressing and remains the objective.”

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