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86% of organizations in Nigeria fall victim to public cloud cyber insecurity- says Sophos’ Survey

The State of Cloud Security 2020, in a global survey carried out by cybersecurity leader Sophos, has shown  that more than eight in ten (86%) organizations from Nigeria experienced a public cloud security incident in the last year – including ransomware (34%), other malware (43%), exposed data (57%), compromised accounts (46%), and crypto-jacking (26%).

Globally, organizations running multi-cloud environments are greater than 50% more likely to suffer a cloud security incident than those running a single cloud.

Europeans suffered the lowest percentage of security incidents in the cloud, an indicator that compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines are helping to protect organizations from being compromised.

India, on the other hand, fared the worst, with 93% of organizations being hit by an attack in the last year.

“Ransomware, not surprisingly, is one of the most widely reported cybercrimes in the public cloud. The most successful ransomware attacks ​​include data in the public cloud, according to the State of Ransomware 2020 report, and attackers are shifting their methods to target cloud environments that ​ cripple necessary infrastructure and increase the likelihood of payment,” said the Principal Research Scientist at Sophos, Chester Wisniewski. “The recent increase in remote working provides extra motivation to ​disable cloud infrastructure that is being relied on more than ever, so it’s worrisome that many organizations still don’t understand their responsibility in securing cloud data and workloads. Cloud security is a shared responsibility, and organizations need to carefully manage and monitor cloud environments in order to stay one step ahead of determined attackers.”

How organizations unintentional open door: How attackers break-in

Accidental exposure continues to plague organizations, with misconfigurations exploited in 64% of reported attacks in Nigeria.


Detailed in the SophosLabs 2020 Threat Report, misconfigurations drive the majority of incidents and are all too common given cloud management complexities.

  • Despite this, only around a quarter of organizations (25%) from Nigeria say a lack of staff expertise is a top area of concern.

Data from Sophos Cloud Optix, a cloud security posture management tool, further reveals that globally 91% of accounts have overprivileged identity and access management roles, and 98% have multi-factor authentication disabled on their cloud provider accounts.

Where is the silver lining?

  • Nearly all respondents (97%) from Nigeria admit to concern about their current level of cloud security, an encouraging sign that it is of utmost importance..
  • Appropriately, “Identifying and responding to security incidents” tops the list of security concerns for nearly half of respondents (45%) followed by “managing access to cloud accounts” and
  • “data leaks” (32% and 32% respectively).
  • Interestingly only 54% of the respondent from Nigeria say they have full awareness of their cloud assets
  • And 22% say they are aware of only a minority.

What you should know about this Survey
The State of Cloud Security 2020 report highlights findings of an independent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne among more than 3,500 IT managers across 26 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa that currently host data and workloads in the public cloud.

Sophos also offers you the opportunity to take control of your cloud security with a free inventory assessment and security check

You can access the full report on the threat landscape and trends in the SophosLabs 2020 Threat Report


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