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45% of businesses have experienced a cloud-based data breach or failed audit in the past 12 months, up 5% from the previous year, raising even greater concerns regarding to protecting sensitive data from cybercriminals.

This is according to the 2022 Thales Cloud Security Report, conducted by 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Globally, cloud adoption and notably multicloud adoption, remains on the rise. In 2021, organisations worldwide were using an average amount of 110 software as a service (SaaS) applications, compared with just eight in 2015, showcasing a startlingly rapid increase. There has been a notable expansion in the use of multiple IaaS providers, with almost three-quarters (72%) of businesses using multiple IaaS providers, up from 57% the year before. The use of multiple providers has almost doubled in the last year, with one in five (20%) of respondents reporting using three or more providers.

Despite their increasing prevalence and use, businesses share common concerns about the increasing complexity of cloud services with the majority (51%) of IT professionals agreeing that it is more complex to manage privacy and data protection in the cloud. Additionally, the journey to the cloud is also becoming more complex, with the percentage of respondents reporting that they’re expecting to lift and shift, the simplest of migration tactics, dropping from 55% in 2021 to 24% currently.

Security challenges of multicloud complexity

With increasing complexity comes an even greater need for robust cybersecurity. When asked what percentage of their sensitive data is stored in the cloud, a solid majority (66%) said between 21-60%. However, only a quarter (25%) said they could fully classify all data.

Additionally, nearly a third (32%) of respondents admitted to having to issue a breach notification to a government agency, customer, partner or employees. This should be a cause for concern among enterprises with sensitive data, particularly in highly regulated industries.


Cyber-attacks also present an ongoing risk to cloud applications and data. Respondents reported an increasing prevalence of attacks, with a quarter (26%) citing an increase in malware, 25% in ransomware and one-fifth (19%) reporting seeing an increase in phishing/ whaling.

Protecting sensitive data

When it comes to securing data in multicloud environments, IT professionals view encryption as a critical security control. The majority of respondents cited encryption (59%) and key management (52%) as the security technologies they currently use to protect sensitive data in the cloud.

However, when asked what percentage of their data in the cloud is encrypted, only one in ten (11%) of respondents said between 81-100% is encrypted. Additionally, key management platform sprawl may be an issue for enterprises. Only 10% of respondents use one to two platforms, 90% use three or more, and almost one in five (17%) admitted using eight or more platforms.

Encryption should be a priority area for enterprises to focus on when it comes to securing data in the cloud. In fact, 40% of respondents stated that they were able to avoid the breach notification process because the stolen or leaked data was encrypted or tokenised, showcasing the tangible value of encryption platforms.

Additionally, it is encouraging to see signs enterprises embrace Zero Trust and investing accordingly. Nearly a third of respondents (29%) said they are already executing a Zero Trust strategy, a quarter (27%) said they are evaluating and planning one and, 23% said they are considering it. This is a positive result, but there is certainly still room to grow.

Sebastien Cano, senior VP for cloud protection and licensing activities at Thales, said: “The complexity of managing multicloud environments cannot be overstated. Additionally, the growing importance of data sovereignty is increasingly raising questions for CISOs and Data Protection Officers when considering their cloud strategy, governance, and risk management. The challenge is not only where the sensitive data resides geographically, but even who has access to sensitive data inside the organisation.

“There are various solutions such as encryption and key management. Last but not least, continuing to embrace a Zero Trust strategy will be essential in securing these complex environments, helping to ensure organisations can support their data and manage future challenges.”


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Augmented Reality Can Prevent Blindspot-Based Vehicular Mishaps On Busy Motorways


Augmented Reality Can Prevent Blindspot-Based Vehicular Mishaps On Busy Motorways

Augmented Reality Can Prevent Blindspot-Based Vehicular Mishaps On Busy Motorways

The involvement of augmented reality (AR) in smart cities and the safety systems of modern vehicles promises to resolve a frequent cause of vehicular accidents—blindspots.

In automotive speak, blindspots are defined as the external spaces that the driver of a vehicle cannot see while driving. External visibility is generally poor for drivers because, apart from the zones visible through the glass areas and the ones reflected by the rear-view and wing mirrors in vehicles, they cannot see much else outside. This may seem like an insignificant problem at first, but dive deeper into the numbers, and you’ll find that about 840,000 crashes and 300 deaths occur every year due to blindspot-related accidents. 

The implementation of AR in smart cities and modern vehicles can be seen as a remedy for this issue. Recently, AR and VR-driven simulations have steadily emerged in vehicular safety testing. So, if vehicle manufacturers need to resolve the blindspot problem, they can look towards a few promising AR-driven concepts and solutions.


Heads-Up Windshield Display

Several vehicles manufactured by companies such as BMW, Bentley, Audi and many others have AR-based heads-up windshield systems that allows drivers to focus on the road ahead instead of being distracted by information on their vehicle’s dashboard infotainment systems. Heads-up display systems involve road signage as well as pedestrian and vehicle proximity data being displayed on the windshield of the vehicle. As you know, the possibilities are endless when it comes to AR, safety and visibility tools. So, manufacturers can configure such systems to project the visuals of pedestrians and other vehicles approaching or standing in blindspot areas of their vehicles (regardless of whether they’re static or in motion). This will let drivers see a simulation of pedestrians or vehicles in blindspots on the windshield of their vehicles, avoiding several accidents in the process.

See-Through Pillars and Panels

This is a slightly more unrealistic way of using AR for blindspot elimination. According to this concept, AR can be used to project the simulated visuals of a vehicle’s external environment on its pillars and other internal panels, vastly improving external visibility for drivers. Several concepts similar to this are currently in various stages of development. The success of this idea will greatly enhance the safety aspect of vehicles of the future.


On a basic level, blindspots are a result of the anatomy of vehicles today and will cease to exist if future vehicles are built differently. Until then, the use of AR in smart cities and connected modern vehicles can help reduce the number of accidents caused by blindspots.



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