2021 Thales Cloud Security Study - European Edition

The Challenges of Cloud Data Protection and Access Management in a Hybrid and Multicloud World

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated what has been a long-term broad adoption of cloud environments, including multicloud and hybrid deployments. Organisations need to extend and adapt their capabilities to take more control of their security efficiently and effectively in these new, dispersed environments, according to the 2021 Thales Cloud Security Study.

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Analysis from 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, based on a survey commissioned by Thales of more than 2,600 security professionals worldwide, with more than 950 in Europe.  451 Research

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Multicloud is More than Mainstream

As more organisations adopt cloud-based environments, multicloud is now a reality.

Percentage of European organisations that have adopted multicloud:

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have more than 25 SaaS applications


have two or more PaaS providers


have more than two IaaS providers

Sensitive Data in the Cloud is at Risk

While a strong movement to the cloud is in progress, there are limited security controls in place for what is a new infrastructure element for most.

Percentage of organisations that are encrypting less than half of sensitive data in multicloud environments:

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