Enterprises seeking out cloud solutions for various workloads or data storage face a variety of cloud security challenges. From transporting critical data to and from cloud service providers to a lack of visibility and the added layer of security necessary for containerization or external compliance regulations, it’s important to update and prioritize cloud security as the environment changes.
Limited visibility: While cloud investment is increasing, IT personnel are struggling to achieve adequate visibility into systems when many of their business processes are housed in the cloud. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the survey said they would like to have more visibility into cloud workloads.
Only about one-quarter of enterprises rely on native security controls offered by a cloud vendor. Approximately half of respondents use a combination of native and third-party controls. Fifty-three percent say the production database server is the most important cloud workload that must be secured.
Compliance requirements: Over half of respondents said security and compliance requirements slowed down overall business processes and sales cycles. Thirty-one percent of all investment in cloud security is to meet external requirements, and 59 percent of companies involved in the survey said that meeting those requirements added delays to sales cycles.
Increasing containerization: An additional key finding of the survey is that containerization is gaining popularity, despite increased security risks associated with the strategy. While 23 percent of enterprises report intentions to deploy containerization in the next 12 months, the practice adds a layer of compliance and security issues that must be addressed. Use of containers is expected to double in the next 12 months, with an additional 22 percent of enterprises testing the possibility of using containers.
There are widespread concerns surrounding the lack of access to viable security solutions for containerization. In fact, containers likely represent the single biggest cloud security challenge for enterprises in the next few years.
All of these challenges demand an integrated solution for cloud security rather than a multi-point strategy or a fragmented security plan. Enterprises should adopt a comprehensive intrusion detection plan that covers the wide range of security challenges discussed above.
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