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Policy violations often lead to security breaches (Photo: Netskope)

Security concerns are growing over cloud-based applications used by industrial companies and other businesses, according to a new Netskope survey.

The cloud security specialist said that, following recent security breaches at major corporations such as Sony and JP Morgan, a growing number of CEOs and other top executives have inquired with their IT teams about specific security policies.

In its report, Netskope said the new focus applies to all aspects of corporate data security policies.

Netskope, which also publishes a so-called Cloud Confidence Index, found that companies use an average of 730 cloud-based apps. However, 90 pc of these apps are not suitable for business use, the company said.

In a press statement, Sanjay Beri, CEO of Netskope, said the growing executive awareness of security risks in the cloud lays the groundwork for improvements. "I’m encouraged knowing that recent high-profile data breaches have incited conversations between board-level decision-makers and security teams,," he said. "Action is being taken to prevent similar breaches.”