EMEA cloud adoption continues growth pattern

There has been significant and sustained growth in companies adopting the cloud for business services within the European, Middle East and African (EMEA) regions, but it appears that corresponding advancements in security are lagging behind.

New research from Bitglass, a cloud access security broker (CASB), suggested that companies needed to consider how to address security concerns at the same time as moving digitally, with more than 20,000 organisations now using the cloud in Europe alone. Their systems tracked a range of companies to see that they were not yet employing protocols such as Single Sign On (SSO) tools. These allow the same credentials to log in to several pieces of software, with some 47% not yet at this point. But, there were variances by sector, with education leading the way, on 64%, with biotech next, on 54%.

Almost every EMEA company assessed had at least one cloud app in function, with the majority employing productivity apps, as well as file syncing, sharing devices and cloud messaging, alongside the popular Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Rich Campagna, CMO of Bitglass, said there was a clear trend towards EMEA firms being early adopters, with most “embracing cloud productivity apps but still lack the security tools necessary to protect data”. Campagna added that, particularly with fast digital adoption, it was important security aspects were brought up to that same speed at the same time, saying: “security must evolve to protect data on many more endpoints and in many more applications”.