How India stacks up against other countries in public cloud security

A recent survey on public cloud security reveals how India fares in comparison with other geographies. Chester Wisniewski, Principal Research Scientist at Sophos explains key challenges CISOs might face and highlights five ways to tackle them.

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A recent global survey on ‘The State of Cloud Security 2020’ conducted by research specialist Vanson Bourne, and commissioned by Sophos, reveals that India – in comparison with 25 other countries – faced the highest number of cyberattacks in the last year.

The survey, undertaken by over 3,200 IT leaders, shows that India Inc. has bagged the none-too-flattering top rank in three out of six cloud security categories organizations were assessed on. Here’s a snapshot of how India fared:

  • Number 1 in public cloud security incidents
  • Number 1 in stolen cloud account credentials
  • Number 1 in cryptojacking attacks on the public cloud
  • Number 2 in ransomware attacks on public clouds
  • Number 2 in public cloud data leaks
  • Number 4 in number of malware attacks on public clouds

Of the 227 Indian organizations that participated, 93 percent had faced a cyberattack in the last year, ahead only of Nigeria (86 percent) and the Philippines (82 percent). Italy appears to be the “safest” with respect to public cloud security, with “just” 45 percent of organizations surveyed there reporting a security incident.

Interestingly, despite reporting the highest number of cyberattacks, 92 percent of Indian IT leaders said their organizations had complete visibility of all cloud assets.

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