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Cloud apps make companies the target of cyber-attacks. That’s what 49 percent of organizations think, according to research by Thales among 1,050 IT decision-makers worldwide. 54 percent think that IoT devices are the reason they are targeted by criminals, 50 percent blame web portals.

As a result, companies do a lot to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, by providing cloud apps with various security options. For example, three-quarters of organizations rely on access control to protect against the risks of cloud apps.

Companies mainly use two-step verification (58 percent), smart single sign-on (49 percent) and biometric authentication (47 percent) to secure their cloud and web-based apps.

“This research shows that if organizations do not secure themselves properly, they expose themselves to unnecessary threats,” says Tina Stewart, vice president of market strategy for cloud protection and licensing activity at Thales. “While organizations gain control through access management, IT decision makers need to ensure that they understand the risks of their cloud applications to implement the relevant security solutions. Without effective access management tools, organizations are at greater risk of breach and additional costs.”

Invest more in access management

This lesson has also been passed on to the IT decision-makers, according to the study. Almost all organizations have paid more attention to access management in the past twelve months. The main focus was on staff training, according to 52 percent. Furthermore, companies invest extra in access management (45 percent) and try to ensure that access management becomes a priority for the board (44 percent).

Yet inefficient cloud access management remains a concern for 95 percent of IT decision makers. The biggest concerns arise with regard to the impact on security (52 percent), the available time of IT staff (44 percent) and costs (36 percent).

In addition, costs (40 percent), human error (39 percent) and integration problems (36 percent) are problems in implementing access control solutions.

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