Cyber security must be the topic most showing up in my inbox over the past year or two. Every company is performing its own surveys and reports. That must mean there is no definitive analyst firm covering that subject. This survey and report from a company called Laminar looks at public clouds.

To tackle skyrocketing cloud data security issues, 97% of organizations now have a dedicated data security team.

Looks like its definition of public cloud includes AWS, Azure, GCP, and Snowflake (more on Snowflake in a post coming soon). Further, Laminar looks to “shadow data” as a particular function of concern. Shadow, or unknown, unmanaged data is growing as users now can proliferate data in just a few clicks. Shadow data can occur when copied data lives on in test environments, data gets mis-placed in storage buckets, legacy data isn’t deleted after a cloud migration, data logs become toxic, and orphaned backups are left stale.

The fast pace of cloud transformation and democratization of data has created a new innovation attack surface, leading to 3 in 4 organizations experiencing a cloud data breach in 2022 and the overwhelming majority (68%) of data security professionals naming shadow data as the No.1 concern of protecting cloud data. The State of Public Cloud Data Security Report 2023, released by Laminar today, reveals that concern over shadow data has increased to a whopping 93% compared to  82 percent the year before. This finding indicates a need for security teams to evolve processes and technologies to autonomously discover, classify, protect, and remediate sensitive cloud data stores, wherever they are located. 

A full 95% of respondents believe that cloud environments are different enough (than on-premises) to require unique security solutions. Given their concerns about on-premises solutions, more security professionals are considering deploying cloud-native security platforms to improve sensitive data protection. 

● 71% said cloud-native security solutions should provide autonomous scanning

● 63% want to deploy a dynamic, performant platform 

● 54% say such a solution should offer asynchronous operations 

● 53% would like the platform to provide an agentless architecture 

Click to read the full report.

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