HyTrust Survey Finds Government Agencies Are Lacking in Data Security and Encryption in Public Cloud Deployments

A recent survey of government IT decision makers reveals that nearly 20 percent of agencies using a public cloud do not encrypt data, but still see security as a top priority

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Today, HyTrust Inc., a leading workload security provider, announced its latest cloud survey, highlighting government specific findings. The survey of 59 government and military organizations found that nearly 20 percent of those respondents do not implement data security or encryption solutions in the public cloud. This survey analyzes the government and military's use of public cloud vendors, the utilization of public cloud implementations, and how government and military organizations are protecting data in these cloud environments.

"Now there are highly-secure solutions that provide governments with peace of mind so they can benefit from hybrid or multi-cloud deployments."

However, government agencies today are facing budget constraints and increasingly strict regulations. The latest Cloud First policy now requires these organizations to consider cloud-based technology options, which has been a major driver in governments exploring cloud options, but according to the results, respondents still prioritize security as the top concern, followed by cost.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Nearly 20 percent of agencies using the public cloud are not encrypting their data
  • Of the agencies using public cloud, 41 percent are using third-party encryption instead of cloud provider solutions
  • Nearly 29 percent of agencies are still not using the public cloud

"We see major potential for government agencies adopting cloud technology and some agencies are already seeing the benefits," said Bill Aubin, Vice President of Federal at HyTrust. "By carefully assessing the technology, policy and security requirements, agencies will be well on their way to a seamless and safe transition."

"We continue to see governments looking to deploy solutions that enable them to scale their workloads securely with no downtime," said Ted Hengst, of the HyTrust Federal Advisory Board. "Now there are highly-secure solutions that provide governments with peace of mind so they can benefit from hybrid or multi-cloud deployments."

The results also highlight government and military preferences for public cloud providers with VMware's vCloud Air and Amazon Web Services (AWS) topping the list.

For more information, please visit www.hytrust.com and to learn more about the full HyTrust Cloud survey, please visit resources.hytrust.com/public-cloud-government-survey

About HyTrust

HyTrust's mission is to make private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure more trustworthy for enterprises, service providers and government agencies. HyTrust provides solutions that automate security controls for software-defined computing, networking and storage workloads to achieve the highest levels of visibility, granular policy control and data protection. HyTrust customers benefit from being able to accelerate cloud and virtualization cost savings while improving their security posture by automating and enforcing security policies in real time, adapting quickly to compliance requirements, and preventing unplanned outages.

Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, HyTrust is backed by the leading providers of strategic IT infrastructure including VMware, Cisco, Intel and Fortinet; by the vanguard of innovative solutions for the intelligence community, In-Q-Tel; and by a world class group of financial investors including AIT Ventures, Granite Ventures, Trident Capital and Vanedge Capital. HyTrust was recently named one of CRN's "20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors", a recipient of VMworld's 2015 Gold Award for Security/Compliance and Virtualization, and the Most Innovative Cloud Company at Intel Security Focus 2015.

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