Crowd Research Partners yesterday (28th March 2017) released the results of its 2017 Cloud Security Report revealing that security concerns, lack of qualified security staff and outdated security tools remain the top issues keeping cyber security professionals up at night, while data breaches are at an all-time high.
Based on a comprehensive online survey of over 1,900 cyber security professionals in the 350,000-member Information Security Community on LinkedIn, the report has been produced in conjunction with leading cloud security vendors AlienVault, Bitglass, CloudPassage, Cloudvisory, Dome9 Security, Eastwind Networks, Evident.io, (ISC)2, Quest, Skyhigh, and Tenable.
“While workloads continue to move rapidly into the cloud, security concerns remain very high,” said Holger Schulze, founder of the 350,000-member Information Security Community on LinkedIn. “With a third of organizations predicting cloud security budgets to increase, today’s cloud environments require more than ever security-trained, certified professionals and innovative security tools to address the concerns of unauthorized access, data and privacy loss, and compliance in the cloud.”
Key takeaways from the report include:
- Cloud security concerns top the list of barriers to faster cloud adoption. Concerns include protection against data loss (57 percent), threats to data privacy (49 percent), and breaches of confidentiality (47 percent).
- Lack of qualified security staff is the second biggest barrier to cloud adoption, and more than half of organizations (53 percent) are looking to train and certify their current IT staff to address the shortage, followed by partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) (30 percent), leveraging software solutions (27 percent), and hiring dedicated staff (26 percent).
- As more workloads move to the cloud, organizations are realizing that traditional security tools are not designed for the unique challenges cloud adoption presents (78 percent). Instead, strong security management and control solutions designed specifically for the cloud are required to protect the new, agile paradigm.
- Visibility into cloud infrastructure is the single biggest security management headache for 37 percent of respondents, moving up to the top spot from being the second ranking operational concern in the previous year.
Download the complete 2017 Cloud Security Report here.