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2020 Cloud Security Report highlights top challenges

Check Point and Cybersecurity Insiders have published their global 2020 Cloud Security Report, highlighting the challenges faced by enterprise security teams in protecting data and workloads in their public cloud deployments.

The report shows that public cloud security continues to be a major challenge: 75 percent of respondents stated they were ‘very concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about it. The challenge is made more complex as 68 percent said their organizations used two or more different public cloud providers, which means that security teams often have to use multiple native security tools and management consoles to try and enforce security and compliance across the different environments.

Key findings of the 2020 Cloud Security Report include:

  • The top four public cloud security threats: the leading threats cited by respondents was misconfiguration of the cloud platform (68 percent), up from third in 2019’s survey. This was followed by unauthorized cloud access (58 percent), insecure interfaces (52 percent), and hijacking of accounts (50 percent).
  • The main security barriers to cloud adoption:  respondents named a lack of qualified staff (55 percent) as the biggest barrier to adoption – up from fifth place in last year’s survey.  46 percent cited budget constraints, 37 percent data privacy issues, and 36 percent a lack of integration with on-premises security.
  • Existing security tools struggle with public clouds: 82 percent said their traditional security solutions either don’t work at all, or only provide limited functions in cloud environments, up from 66% percent in 2019 – highlighting an increase in cloud security issues over the past 12 months.
  • Public cloud is riskier:  52 percent of respondents considered the risk of security breaches in public clouds higher than in traditional, on-premises IT environments. Just 17 percent see lower risks, and 30 percent believe the risks are about the same between the two environments
  • Cloud security budgets to rise:  59 percent of organizations expect their cloud security budget to increase over the next 12 months. On average, organizations allocate 27 percent of their security budget to cloud security.

The 2020 Cloud Security Report is based on the results of an online survey of 653 cybersecurity and IT professionals, conducted in July 2020 to gain insights into the latest trends, key challenges and solutions for cloud security across a balanced cross-section of organizations of varying sizes across multiple industry sectors.  The survey was done by Cybersecurity Insiders, the information security community.

Obtain the report.



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