Cloud security provider Netskope today released the results of the August 2019 edition of their Cloud Report. The report analyzes the latest trends in business cloud usage and how it relates to security. The key finding of this report is that amount of web traffic that is dedicated to cloud services in 2019. According to Netskope’s research, 85% of all enterprise web traffic is used for cloud services; the average number of cloud services has increased to 1,295 instances per enterprise.
As cloud-based services become more and more popular in the enterprise world, monitoring Web traffic can become more difficult for IT teams. Netskope, keeping with their security focus, recommends that enterprises analyze their cloud environments and ensuring that the right controls are in place to keep your cloud secure.
“As today’s enterprises embrace digital transformation and increasingly replace traditional web use with cloud service use, it is imperative to assess whether proper controls are in place to secure all traffic,” said Jason Clark, Chief Strategy Officer at Netskope. “While most tools are focusing on traditional web traffic, this significant shift to cloud usage is what’s causing security teams to go blind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to properly securing an enterprise as it embraces new tools and technologies, but a clear understanding of traffic and proper vigilance should be a requirement for all.”
Interestingly, the Netskope Cloud Report discovered that the most common policy violations between cloud web traffic and normal web traffic. For cloud traffic, the top violations relate to DLP policies, cloud activity policies, and anomalous activity policies; for normal web traffic, the top violations are acceptable use policies, malicious sites, and malware detection. This suggests that legacy web traffic monitoring solutions aren’t enough anymore; businesses need to address the complexities of managing cloud traffic in addition to typical web traffic.
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