Enterprises are aggressively adopting cloud and mobile solutions for mission-critical applications — a trend that is increasing the risk of security breaches and failed audits. That's the findings from SailPoint, a provider of identity management solutions.
The company's annual Market Pulse Survey
, conducted by Loudhouse, an independent research agency, measures IT and business leaders’ attitudes toward identity and risk management, and how effectively key applications and sensitive data are being managed and protected in businesses today.
The 2012 survey found a complex IT landscape, where organizations have become increasingly reliant on storing important, highly sensitive data in the cloud, but have limited visibility into those applications and are struggling to govern access to them.
Key findings include:
- IT leaders believe one in three mission-critical apps are currently in the cloud. This will increase to one in two by 2015. Adding to the challenge, more than 15% of business leaders admit they have no way of knowing if sensitive data is stored in the cloud at all.
- The majority of companies surveyed do not block personal application usage at work, even though these apps are completely outside IT’s visibility. About one-third of companies are fully locked down when it comes to personal app usage at work.
- Almost half of business leaders say they always or often use the same passwords for personal web apps as for work apps.
- Around two-thirds of companies are “very concerned” about corporate information security breaches.
- Although about 60% of IT leaders realize that identity and access management plays a significant role in the prevention of security breaches, almost two-thirds of IT leaders say they are not very confident in their company’s ability to prove the effectiveness of internal controls over access privileges in an IT audit.