In addition to the added complexity of managing hybrid IT architectures, organizations have experienced a forced acceleration to the cloud due to external factors such as competitive pressures or supply chain issues. The lack of time to properly plan and coordinate these efforts has created security gaps in an expanded attack surface.
Fortinet partnered with Cybersecurity Insiders to survey more than 800 cybersecurity professionals from around the world and across industries. The 2022 Cloud Security 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. 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 market, greater responsiveness to customer needs, and cost reductions. 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 multicloud (33%) deployment approach to integrate multiple services, provide scalability, or ensure business continuity. 76% of organizations currently use two or more cloud providers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure currently top the list, although Google and Oracle are rapidly increasing their investment and market share.
Cloud adoption faces obstacles
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. It’s no surprise that 95% of organizations are moderately to extremely concerned about security in the cloud.
When Cybersecurity Insiders asked what surprises security professionals discovered that hinder cloud adoption, they found that lack of visibility, high cost, lack of control, and lack of security are the biggest unforeseen factors slowing or stopping cloud adoption. 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 related to technology, but to people and processes. Lack of qualified staff (40%, up from 37% last 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 leveraging a cybersecurity mesh platform. This composable collaborative approach helps dramatically reduce the financial impact of security incidents. With threat intelligence shared directly across multiple attack vectors, visibility, management, and automation are simpler, meaning threats are identified and mitigated faster. Ultimately, this reduces complexities, addresses cloud cybersecurity skills and resource gaps, and increases overall security effectiveness.
Not surprisingly, more than three-quarters (78%) of respondents find it very or extremely helpful to have a single cloud security platform to consistently and comprehensively protect data across their entire cloud footprint.
Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and Southeast Asia, Fortinet said, “The cloud is a critical element of the digital strategy of almost every organization, of every size, and in every industry. 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.”