[Infographics] Cloud Security: Insights from Education

Educational organizations work hard to protect sensitive student data, such as grades and financial information about loans. As their interest in migrating to the cloud grows, however, the effort required to monitor access to this data by privileged users may become even more extensive. Therefore, a critical question is: As educational organizations attempt to reduce IT complexity and gain flexibility by moving to the cloud, how can they also strengthen data security?

The infographic is based on the recent Netwrix Cloud Security Report. It highlights educational institutions’ top concerns and benefits associated with cloud technology and their readiness to embrace the cloud.

Regardless of educational organization size and the complexity of the IT landscape, the absolute majority of respondents consider the visibility into user activity and IT changes to be an important part of security guarantees:

83% of educational organizations consider visibility into activity in the cloud to be crucial for security

Unfortunately, cloud providers haven’t managed completely to persuade the IT community that they have adequate tools to prevent the main threats or detect them early so as to minimize the damage:

Top security concerns about the cloud:

67% unauthorized access at a provider’s site and account hijacking

42% inability to monitor the company’s user activity in the cloud

33% inability to monitor Users with access privileges at a provider’s site

In general, most of the survey participants expressed general improvement of data security as the result of cloud adoption.

Jeff is a Director of Global Solutions Engineering at Netwrix. He is a long-time Netwrix blogger, speaker, and presenter. In the Netwrix blog, Jeff shares lifehacks, tips and tricks that can dramatically improve your system administration experience.