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McAfee Reports Exposure of Sensitive Data in Cloud More Than Organisations Think

According to the report, threat events in the Cloud, (compromised account, privileged user and insider threats) have increased 27.7 per cent (YoY), with threats in Microsoft Office365 growing by 63 per cent (YoY)

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Sensitive data in Cloud more exposed than organisations think: McAfee. IANS

Sharing sensitive data in the Cloud has increased exponentially and nearly a quarter of the data can be categorized as sensitive, putting an organisation at risk if stolen or leaked, a McAfee report revealed on Tuesday.

Twenty one percent of all files in the Cloud contain sensitive data, demonstrating a steady increase year-over-year (YoY), said the “Cloud Adoption and Risk Report” by the cyber security company.

“Coupled with the fact that sharing sensitive data in the cloud has increased 53 per cent (YoY), those who do not adopt a cloud strategy that includes data loss protection, configuration audits and collaboration controls, will endanger the security of their most valuable asset-data,” the report warned.

“Operating in the Cloud has become the new normal for organisations, so much so that our employees do not think twice about storing and sharing sensitive data in the Cloud,” said Rajiv Gupta, Senior Vice President of the Cloud Security Business, McAfee.

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The sharing of sensitive data with an open, publicly accessible link, has increased 23 per cent (YoY) and organisations have more than 2,200 individual misconfiguration incidents per month in their Public Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) instances.

According to the report, threat events in the Cloud, (compromised account, privileged user and insider threats) have increased 27.7 per cent (YoY), with threats in Microsoft Office365 growing by 63 per cent (YoY).

“In order to continue to accelerate their business, organisations need a cloud-native and frictionless way to consistently protect their data and defend from threats across the spectrum of SaaS, IaaS and PaaS,” Gupta added.

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To secure sensitive data in cloud storage, file-sharing and collaboration applications, organisations must first understand which Cloud services are in use, hold their sensitive data, and how that data is being shared and with whom.

“Once organisations have gained this visibility, they can then enforce appropriate security policies to prohibit highly sensitive data from being stored in unapproved cloud services,” said the report. (IANS)

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Cybersecurity Firm McAfee Extends Partnership With Samsung To Protect Customers’ Data From Cyber Threats

According to the company, there are now roughly four billion consumers connected online for an average of over six hours a day, from sharing photos to socializing with friends to completing bank transactions

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Through this partnership, Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S Series, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold, will come pre-installed with anti-malware protection powered by McAfee. Pixabay

Cybersecurity company McAfee on Thursday announced its extension of partnership with Samsung to protect consumers personal data and information from online threats.

Through this partnership, Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S Series, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold, will come pre-installed with anti-malware protection powered by McAfee.

In addition to mobile, the partnership expands to better protect Samsung PCs and laptops users, where it matters.

“Our partnership with Samsung continues our mission to give consumers peace of mind that their personal data, as well as their families and friends, won’t be jeopardized online,” Terry Hicks, executive vice president, consumer business group, McAfee said in a statement.

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Cybersecurity company McAfee on Thursday announced its extension of partnership with Samsung to protect consumers personal data and information from online threats. Wikimedia Commons

Consumers will benefit from added protection against viruses, online threats and ransomware with online and offline protection. All Samsung laptop users are able to enjoy to a 60-day free trial and will receive special discounts after the trial period is over.

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According to the company, there are now roughly four billion consumers connected online for an average of over six hours a day, from sharing photos to socializing with friends to completing bank transactions. Consumers expect to be able to do what they desire online- whenever and wherever they want- without worrying about the potential risks that might be lurking online. (IANS)