25% of organizations using a public cloud have had data stolen, survey finds

Interest in "cloud-first" strategies, which prioritize cloud computing over on-premises servers, has fallen among IT professionals since 2016, according to a McAfee survey.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, McAfee surveyed 1,400 IT professionals from various industries worldwide about their respective organizations' experiences with cloud adoption and security.

Here are four survey insights.

1. Ninety-seven percent of respondents indicated their organization uses cloud services, up from 93 percent one year prior. Fifty-six percent of respondents use a combination of public and private cloud.

2. Eighty-three percent of respondents said their organization stores sensitive data in a public cloud. The majority of these respondents also reported storing personal customer information in the public cloud.

3. Twenty-five percent of respondents indicated their organization had data stolen from a public cloud. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they had traced a malware infection back to a cloud application.

4. Sixty-five percent of respondents reported their organization has a cloud-first strategy, down from 82 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016.

To access McAfee's survey, click here.

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