Cloud Security Study 2022

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How do German companies view the risk to their collaboration in the cloud and what measures do they take to ensure their security?


User survey 2022: “Microsoft 365 and Collaboration Risks: How Companies Handle New Threat Scenarios”

Aim of the study: Until now, e-mail was considered the most important gateway for malware in organisations of all kinds. But with the intensive use of collaboration apps and cloud storage, the attack scenarios are changing as well. Manipulated documents find their way into business IT infrastructures classically via email, but increasingly also via collaboration tools and cloud storage such as OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Google Drive.


Between April and May 2022, we asked German companies how they view the topic of security in the cloud. The focus was on companies that rely on the Microsoft platform for their workplace infrastructure. In our study you will find answers to questions such as:

  • How well do companies feel protected when using their cloud environment?
  • What prevents them from further expanding their security solutions?
  • What are the most commonly used security mechanisms?
  • How is the human as a security gap being addressed?
  • How is the built-in security of O365 viewed?
  • And many more.


Source: User survey 2022: “Microsoft 365 and Collaboration Risks: How Companies Handle New Threat Scenarios”

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Our Partners

The study was conducted on behalf of GBS by the following team of experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Arno Hitzges, Stuttgart Media University
  • Dr.-Ing. Friedemann Reim, Stuttgart Media University
  • Wolfgang Miedl, founder and administrator of the expert portal


We thank our partners for their outstanding work and competent evaluation!

GBS offers for your cloud security:

Drawing on almost 30 years of security experience, GBS has developed a solid portfolio for protecting your communication on premise and in the cloud that covers the main pillars of security:

E-Mail (On-Prem or SaaS) Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive
Malware protection iQ.Suite Malware iQ.Suite 360 Threat Protection
Encryption iQ.Suite Encryption iQ.Suite 360 Document Encryption
Data Loss Prevention iQ.Suite aas DLP
Spam protection iQ.Suite Spam

About GBS


GBS is a distinguished provider of e-mail and collaboration security solutions in Germany with almost 30 years of experience in data protection, productivity and compliance. The company is recognized as a leader in cyber security solutions, particularly in the areas of Data Loss Prevention and Collaboration Security by top market researchers in Germany and by our partners.

GBS offers one of the most comprehensive next-generation solutions for e-mail productivity, compliance and multi-level protection of e-mail communication and data exchange across different collaboration platforms against all types of security threats. Our solutions for Microsoft 365, Office 365, Exchange and HCL Domino are easy to use and flexible, covering key areas such as malware protection, encryption, e-mail productivity, data leakage, workflow and compliance.

GBS solutions protect more than 2 million end users worldwide. The company has built long-standing relationships with over 2,000 customers.