As more data moves to the cloud, breaches are often harder to detect

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While a majority of organizations store sensitive data, such as emails, employee salary and compensation details, intellectual property and customer data in the cloud, many are still struggling with detecting data breaches.

That is the finding of a new report from security technology provider One Identity. The company surveyed 300 security professionals online in June 2019, and found that about three quarters (76 percent) said they store sensitive data in the cloud. Two thirds of the organizations said it would take an hour or longer, if at all, to spot a hijacked account.

Real-time detection of malicious actors is difficult for 26 percent of the organizations, which together with spotting an insider attack (cited by 24 percent) were identified as the most challenging aspects of dealing with a cyber attack.

This poses a concern, especially in light of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the report said. GDPR took effect in May 2018 and stipulates that data breaches must be reported within 48 hours of the breach discovery.

However, the time to discovery is more likely to be months, according to industry research.

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