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Enterprises Are Sharing More Data Securely in the Cloud

A new report by Symantec on the state of enterprise cloud security shows that employees are sharing more data more securely through the cloud than ever before. On the other hand, the number of unsanctioned applications running on network cloud infrastructures, known as “shadow IT,” has also continued to rise.

The findings were published in Symantec?EU?s 2H 2016 Shadow Data Report, which covers the second half of 2016. The report is based on anonymized meta data analysis of over 20,000 cloud apps, 175 million cloud documents, and 1.3 billion emails, according to Symantec.

More Data Sharing, But More Security, Too

On the whole, things seem to be looking up for enterprise cloud security. While companies are increasing their uses of cloud applications and file sharing, they are also doing so more responsibly. ?EU?Research shows a significant reduction in the percentage of broadly shared files in the cloud that contain confidential or compliance related content,?EU? the company wrote in a blog post about the report.

Symantec said that in the second half of the year, 25 percent of all files stored in the cloud were broadly shared, with just 3 percent of these files containing compliance-related data.

To be classified as “broadly shared,” a file is shared to the public, the entire organization, or an external third party. In the past, Symantec said that it was normal to find that 10 percent or more of broadly shared files contained sensitive data.

Still Room for Improvement

But the news is not all good, Symantec warned. “We are still not out of the woods because while it looks like a lower percentage of files in cloud file sharing contain compliance data than before, a surprising percentage of files with Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and Payment Card Information (PCI) data that make…

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