In addition to the added complexity of managing hybrid IT architectures, organizations
experienced a forced acceleration to the cloud due to external factors such as competition
supply chain pressures or issues. Lack of time to plan and coordinate properly
these efforts have created security gaps in an expanded attack surface.
Fortinet partnered with Cybersecurity Insiders to survey over 800 cybersecurity
professionals from all over the world and from all industries. The cloud security of 2022
The report reveals how security executives and professionals are using the cloud, how their
Organizations are responding to cloud security threats and the challenges they face.
versus. These are the highlights of this year’s report.
Digital innovation accelerates cloud adoption
Organizations continue to shift workloads to the cloud at a rapid pace to achieve faster time
to the market, greater responsiveness to customer needs and cost reduction. 39% of
respondents have more than half of their workloads in the cloud.
Most organizations are selecting a hybrid cloud (39%, up from 36% last year) or multi-cloud.
cloud deployment approach (33%) to integrate multiple services, provide scalability, or
ensure business continuity. Seventy-six percent of organizations currently use two or more
cloud providers. AWS and Microsoft Azure currently top the list, although Google and Oracle
they are rapidly increasing their investment and market share.
Cloud adoption faces headwinds
This year’s Cloud Security Report is set against a backdrop of increasingly brazen and costly ransomware attacks and the major disclosure of a serious zero-day vulnerability in the popular Apache Log4j logging tool, used in many enterprise applications. and cloud platforms. Not surprisingly, 95% of organizations are moderately to extremely concerned about
When asked by Cybersecurity Insiders what surprises security professionals uncovered that
hindering cloud adoption, found that lack of visibility, high cost, lack of control, and lack of security are the top unforeseen factors slowing or stopping cloud adoption. These are still the best cloud inhibitors compared to previous surveys.
Addressing these issues is critical to driving business success.
The survey also reveals that the biggest challenges organizations face are not primarily
of technology, but of people and processes. Lack of qualified personnel (40%, compared to 37% previously)
year) is the biggest barrier to faster adoption, followed by legal and regulatory compliance, and data security issues. Upgrading internal skills, as well as external expertise, are the main game changers to accelerate cloud success.
And with most organizations choosing a multi-cloud or hybrid strategy, it’s no surprise that they face increased complexity and security challenges. Lack of security skills becomes the top challenge (61%, up from 57% last year), followed by data protection, understanding how different solutions fit together, and loss of visibility and control. Simplifying this complexity is key.
Breaking down barriers to cloud adoption
To reduce complexity and increase security effectiveness, visionary organizations are taking
advantage of a cybersecurity mesh platform. This composable and collaborative approach helps
dramatically reduce the financial impact of security incidents. With threat intelligence
shared directly across various attack vectors, visibility, management, and automation are
simpler, which means threats are identified and mitigated faster. Ultimately, this reduces
complexities, resolves cloud cybersecurity skills and resource gaps, and increases overall
Not surprisingly, more than three-quarters (78%) of respondents find it very or extremely useful to have a single cloud security platform to protect data consistently and
comprehensively across its cloud footprint.
Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and Southeast Asia at Fortinet.
“The cloud is a critical element of the digital strategy of almost all organizations, of all sizes and in all industries. Ensuring this transition is critical. Fortinet helps deliver cloud-native security solutions that power secure digital acceleration with the cloud. Available on all major cloud platforms and for all cloud environments, the Fortinet Security Fabric extends world-class security across on-premises, hybrid, and cloud platforms. Our solutions give IT teams the advantage of reduced operational complexity, increased visibility and strong security effectiveness.”