Unless you lived on another planet at the turn of the century, you’re probably already humming the signature Britney Spears song.
What’s the message of the song? Humans make mistakes.
Where am I going with this? Human users, employees – including myself – tend to make mistakes, especially when it comes to cloud cybersecurity.
So the real question is how to run a good, reliable, and continuous management process? Eliminating human errors reduces risk dramatically. It is one of the security pillars I would use if I were to architect my own corporate security plan, especially for my cloud applications.
I Think I Did It Again…
In the infamous music video, Britney was wearing a red latex jumpsuit. She easily stood out from the rest of the people on the stage.
Let me share a secret with you: it’s not like that in real life. In the real world, it’s hard to identify who makes mistakes – and we need to find a way to shine a spotlight on the person.
Wait, don’t leave! It’s not meant to blame or judge the employee. On the contrary, this spotlight is there to empower employees, giving them the power and authority to fix things. I know I would want that chance, if I made a mistake.
A simple yet very common example to that would be the dragging of a sensitive file with company intellectual property (IP) to an externally shared folder. This is a frequent occurrence on collaboration platforms. The file immediately inherits the rights from the containing folder and the rest is history.
We’re Not That Innocent
If you ask me, this problem happens too often. But, don’t take my word for it – our cloud cybersecurity report is chock-full of interesting insights and data points, such as:
- Over the last year, the number of files stored in public cloud applications per organization has increased 10x
- Organizations have, on average, 100,000 sensitive files stored in public cloud applications
- One in four users violate corporate security policy in public cloud applications
P.S. I challenge you to get Britney Spears out of your head now. I bet it’s not going to happen soon.