The company said in a statement that organisations which had ensured the security of their data in the cloud through a cloud access security broker were 35% more likely to launch new products, improve on time to market and expand to new markets with the cloud.
The survey was conducted in 11 unspecified countries from March to May, with market research firm Vanson Bourne doing the legwork.
The McAfee Cloud Adoption and Risk Report showed that:
- Eighty-seven percent of companies experienced business acceleration from their use of cloud services.
- The majority (52%) of companies experienced better security in the cloud.
- Only 26% of companies say they could audit IaaS configurations.
- Only 33% of companies say they can control application collaboration settings.
- Only 36% of companies say they could enforce data loss prevention in the cloud.
Most sensitive data was under the IT team’s control: Results showed that 65% of enterprise data lived in collaboration and business software-as-a-service applications, 25% in infrastructure-as-a-service, and only 10% in “Shadow IT” unknown to the IT department.
IT teams were subscribing to these cloud applications themselves, effectively fulfilling many employee needs that were previously unmet or were met through the use of “Shadow IT”.
A minority of organisations experienced the full potential of business acceleration: Although the likelihood of launching new products, speeding time to market and expanding to new markets was higher when a CASB is part of their cloud security strategy, only one in three companies surveyed was currently using one.
“This research shines a light on organisations who are leading the charge in cloud adoption, prioritising the security of their data as they roll out new cloud services and winning in the market because of the actions they are taking,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice-president, Cloud Security, McAfee.
“Organisations often tell us how much faster their business moves when security is addressed in the cloud and it is exciting for us now to quantify this experience and share our data and recommendations with the rest of the market.”