Thales commissioned Ponemon Institute to analyze the views and attitudes of 4,000 organizations in seven countries for the Encryption in the Cloud survey, Thales said Tuesday.
Ponemon spoke to enterprises in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil to gain their perspectives on storing confidential data in the cloud.
The survey says the number of organizations that transferred sensitive data to the cloud rose by 10 percent over the last year.
Sixty-percent point to the cloud service provider as responsible for securing the data while 22 percent say the cloud consumer is accountable for security.
About 35 percent of respondents suggest their organizations have reduced their security posture after transitioning to the cloud, compared with 39 percent in 2012.
Thales“™ data also shows a 33 percent increase in the use of encryption tools to protect data before moving it to the cloud rather than within the cloud environment itself.
That result indicates a growing interest in key management standards such as the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol, which uses cloud encryption, Thales says.