Enterprises Lack GDPR Readiness

November 10, 2017

Findings from a cloud adoption survey conducted at VMWorld 2017 have been released. The survey of 323 respondents assessed deployment decisions for cloud infrastructure, containers and workload security along with risk and compliance from cloud deployments. The most significant result was the large number of companies that are not prepared for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance that takes effect in May 2018.

The European Union (EU) regulation for data privacy not only applies to organizations located within the EU, but it will also apply to organizations located outside of EU member nations if they process and hold the personal data of residents within the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.

Cloud Platforms and Containers Survey Results

In addition to survey results regarding GDPR, HyTrust’s 2017 survey also revealed findings on cloud platform deployments, risks, and containers:

Private/Public Cloud Workload Risks

  • The top risk for on-premises/private cloud infrastructure was “uncontrolled or unmonitored access by admins” (32%).
  • The top public cloud infrastructure risk was “malicious or accidental exposure of workload data” (30%).


  • Containers remain an area of active exploration with limited production deployments, which provides time for security professionals to architect and deploy security policy across multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure. Only 12% of those surveyed described their container deployment as “production” while 75% are doing nothing or just beginning to evaluate.

Cloud Platform Deployments

  • Although the use of hybrid cloud infrastructures is getting more popular, 22% are not using public clouds at all.
  • Just under half (44%) have no hybrid cloud deployment and only 28% have a single vendor hybrid cloud deployment
  • Only 10% of organizations are not using encryption in public cloud, down from 28% last year.

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