According to the State of Cloud Data Security in 2023 study published by Dig Security, more than 30% of over 13 billion files and 8 petabytes of data analysed in various public cloud environments contained personal information. The most common type of sensitive data was personal information, with email addresses found in 21% of over 1 billion records, phone numbers in 7%, and home addresses in 6%. The study also found 3 million credit card numbers. Shockingly, 91% of database services with sensitive data were not encrypted at rest, while over 60% of storage services were not encrypted at rest. Shawn Surber, senior director of technical account management at Tanium, said that the move to cloud has created a significant problem in almost every industry as administrators become responsible for new services and compute instances, each with a different management tool, leading to new risks and vulnerabilities.
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