RSA Conference 2017 Survey: Cloud Services, the New Administration and GDPR

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A record number of more than 43,000 IT and security professionals attended RSA Conference two weeks ago in San Francisco. Whether discussing cyber policy, strategies for cloud management, or emerging security tools, attendees were focused on how the future of cybersecurity will affect their industries, infrastructures, and the technology they use on a daily basis.  

At Netskope, we’re always discussing the proliferation of cloud services, and how this ever-growing volume affects everything from IT to cyber policy. The January Netskope Cloud Report found that enterprises are now using, on average, a total of 1,031 cloud services – 94.8% of which are not enterprise ready. With the growing use of cloud services, enterprises are seeing an influx of data in their cloud environment, and a flurry of potentially unsafe activity as employees share files and collaborate in documents constantly.

The problem is that these services are often unsanctioned, and highly vulnerable to threats, leaving businesses in need of a solution. Protection of data comes from the top down — every business, from the government to small startups, must implement policies to ensure their data, and that of their employees, are secure.

We surveyed those in attendance at RSA to find out how much IT professionals actually know about their data, how they feel about impending data policies and how they believe the new administration will affect national security.

The Cloud Service Environment

Question: Please estimate how many cloud services on average are in use in an organization.*

  • 53% of respondents estimate that there are less than 100 cloud services in use
  • 24% of respondents estimate that there are 100-500 cloud services in use
  • 8% of respondents estimate that there are 500-1000 cloud services in use
  • 15% of respondents estimate that there are 1000+ cloud services in use

*The correct number is 1,031 services in use on average, according to Netskope’s January Cloud Report.

Question: How often do you share data with your colleagues through a cloud service?

  • 41% of respondents share data multiple times a day
  • 32% of respondents share data daily
  • 17% of respondents share data weekly
  • 10% of respondents reported sharing data bi-weekly

Question: How many messaging services do you use on average to collaborate across teams or across offices? (ie Slack, HipChat, Google Chat)

  • 47% of respondents use 0-2 messaging services on average
  • 37% of respondents use 3-6 messaging services on average
  • 9% of respondents use 7-10 messaging services on average
  • 7% of respondents use 10+ messaging services on average

The New Administration

Question: Will cybersecurity be better or worse under the Trump Administration when compared to previous administrations?

  • 32% of respondents believe it will be worse than in past administrations
  • 12% of respondents believe it will be better than in the past administrations
  • 56% of respondents said it’s too early to tell

Question: Have cyber policies proposed so far by the Trump Administration put your data at greater risk?

  • 21% of respondents believe that the cyber policies have put their data at greater risk.
  • 15%  of respondents believe that cyber policies have not put their data at greater risk
  • 61% of respondents believe it’s too early to tell

Question: Do you think attacks by nation-state actors will increase or decrease due to nationalist rhetoric?

  • 68% of respondents believe that attacks by nation-state actors will increase due to nationalistic rhetoric.
  • 11% of respondents believe these attacks will not increase.
  • 21% of respondents said it’s too early to tell

GDPR

Question: Are you aware of the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)?

  • 51% of respondents have never heard of the EU GDPR
  • 39% of respondents have heard of the EU GDPR but do not have detailed knowledge of the regulations
  • 9% of respondents have detailed knowledge of the EU GDPR

Question: Has your employer/company informed you about the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and how they may affect work processes?

  • 75% of respondents stated that their employer/company has not informed them about the EU GDPR
  • 16% of respondents stated that their employer/company has mentioned the EU GDPR but they are not yet sure what the regulations are
  • 9% of respondents stated that their company has offered plenty of information on the EU GDPR

About This Survey:

  • Data were collected on the RSA Conference expo floor on February 14, 2017
  • 100 unique responses were collected