Cloud data loss prevention policy violations in collaboration services such as Slack and HipChat are on the rise, accounting for 10 percent of total violations in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report from cloud security provider Netskope.

These services have grown in popularity as methods of sharing and downloading data, emphasizing the need for organizations to put policies in place to ensure data is safe and secure, the study said.

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For the first time, Netskope investigated collaboration services as a separate category for cloud DLP policy violations. During the quarter, Web mail remained the leader in DLP violations with 43 percent of violations. Cloud storage came in second with 31 percent and other cloud service categories combined to make up 16 percent.

With the deadline to comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) less than a year away, organizations need to ensure they are adopting security protocols that both understand the data flow of all information in the cloud as well as secure that data, the report said.

However, there has been little change in GDPR-readiness, Netskope said, with 67 percent of cloud services not specifying that the customer owns the data, 90 percent not supporting encryption of data at rest, and 41 percent of cloud services replicating data in geographically dispersed data centers.

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.