Quarterly report on enterprise cloud app usage also sees more than half of malware-infected files in cloud apps shared with others
Netskope, the leader in cloud security, today announced the release of the September 2016 Netskope Cloud Report™ on enterprise cloud app usage and trends. In response to the growing threat of ransomware across enterprises, the report took a closer look at the prevalence of ransomware and how it spreads through cloud apps within an organization. According to the report, 43.7% of malware found in enterprises cloud apps have delivered ransomware, and 55.9% of malware-infected files found in cloud apps are shared publicly. The report also found that enterprises, on average, have 977 cloud apps in use, up from 935 last quarter.
Ransomware Emerges as One of the Most Prevalent Forms of Malware
For the third quarter running, Netskope Threat Research Labs examined the presence of malware in enterprises, finding that there are on average 26 pieces of malware found in cloud apps across a given organization. 56 percent of malware-infected files in cloud apps are shared with internal or external users, or shared publicly.
“Our priority has always been giving IT teams the tools they need to not only have visibility into employee app usage and activity, but also understand and take action against the ways sensitive information can be shared or make its way into the wrong hands,” said Sanjay Beri, founder and CEO, Netskope. “With the rise of ransomware, the cloud threat landscape is now increasingly complicated; IT teams need deeper intelligence, protection, and remediation that can help them stop malware and ransomware in their tracks and prevent them from spreading.”
Enterprise Cloud App Usage Continues to Rise: Breakdown of Cloud Apps By Industry
Netskope found that enterprises, on average, have 977 cloud apps in use — up from 935 last quarter. 94.7% of those apps are not considered “enterprise-ready” according to the Netskope Cloud Confidence Index™ scoring system, meaning they lack key functionalities such as security, audit and certification, service-level agreement, legal, privacy, financial viability, and vulnerability remediation.
Financial Services organizations had the highest number of cloud apps in use, averaging 1,133 per organization. This was followed by Retail, Restaurants and Hospitality industries, which had 963 cloud apps in use per organization.
|Industry Group||Number of Cloud Apps Per Enterprise|
|1||Financial Services, Banking and Insurance||1,133|
|2||Retail, Restaurants and Hospitality||993|
|3||Technology and IT Services||949|
|5||Healthcare and Life Sciences||852|
Average Cloud Apps Per Enterprise by App Category
Apps in the Marketing and Collaboration categories had the highest number of cloud apps per enterprise. Despite the growing popularity of productivity and collaboration apps like Slack, the vast majority are still not enterprise-ready. IT should be mindful of not only which apps its teams are using, but the types of activities and information being shared within those apps.
|Category||Average # of Apps Per Enterprise||Percentage of Apps Not Enterprise-Ready|
|CRM and SFA||36||96%|
About the Netskope Cloud Report
Based on aggregated, anonymized data from the Netskope Active Platform, which provides discovery, surgical visibility and control over any cloud app, the report’s findings are based on millions of users in hundreds of accounts in the global Netskope Active Platform from April 1 through June 30, 2016.
Netskope is the leader in cloud security. Using patented technology, Netskope’s cloud-scale security platform provides context-aware governance of all cloud usage in the enterprise in real-time, whether accessed from the corporate network, remote, or from a mobile device. This means that security professionals can understand risky activities, protect sensitive data, stop online threats, and respond to incidents in a way that fits how people work today. With granular security policies, the most advanced cloud DLP, and unmatched breadth of workflows, Netskope is trusted by the largest companies in the world. Netskope — cloud with confidence. To learn more, visit our website.
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