Cloud and Mobile Device Security: Challenges for 2016

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Cloud and mobile device security is likely to see a fresh tidal wave of threats in 2016. Cloud-based apps are the most demanding IT element for evaluating the risks in cyber security, as per a new survey report. The results show a worrying lack of pose in general preparedness for a possible threat, especially in the cloud arena, since the cloud and the mobile devices will pose the biggest threats to IT security.

And, looking at the current rate of adoption of cloud tech, and mobile devices, it'd certainly be a major concern in the years to come. 

In the recent survey that was conducted, around 500 IT security experts from companies with more than a thousand workers working across seven industry sectors in six different nations participated. The results provide global cyber security preparedness an overall rating of 76% and average ‘C’ grade.

Companies experience several risk factors among, which a crucial threat is the ability of the board members to understand security problems. The respondents who took part in the survey are fairly confident that the required tools are ready to measure their security system’s efficiency than their corporate board’s ability to comprehend the threats they convey or their preparedness to spend as much as needed to reduce them.   

The disconnect between corporate boards and cyber security experts in the UK and US was scrutinized in a research revealed in September.

The latest suggestions for new cyber security rules for the financial firms in New York incorporate the compulsory addition of a chief information security officer, which may enhance the literacy of board cyber security. 

The CEO of the security firm that conducted the survey stated that the index ratings show a surprising lack of ability to find and evaluate cyber threats in cloud infrastructure apps and mobile devices.

Another apprehension, according to him, is the mounting scuffle security experts experience when mobilizing their company's management to prioritize security. The disconnect between the boardroom and CISO has to be resolved before actually progressing. 

The report also offered grades to every nation and industry incorporated in the survey. It indicates that the US organizations are relatively ready for handling cyber security threats when compared to those in other nations, especially Australia, which got a grade of ‘D+’.

Technology and telecom organizations and financial services organizations got ‘B-‘ average grade, while government and education are the least ready industries, each getting a ‘D’ grade. 

Security policies should be more adaptive to the corresponding situation, instead of being described by complicated regulations when it comes to risk mitigation. Contemporary organizations will consider cloud identity and security programs as the main accelerators for business, especially the ones that heavily depend upon cloud for services like employee background verification instead of extra activities to meet the compliance permissions. 

And, the bottom-line is that cloud security will continue to be a major concern as the adoption rate of cloud-based apps will only continue to rise in 2016 and years to come.

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