Misconfiguration was the number one cause of cloud security incidents in 2021

Published: Thursday, 03 March 2022 09:12

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd has released its 2022 Cloud Security Report. As organizations continue to adopt the cloud, with 35 percent running more than 50 percent of their workloads on the likes of Azure, AWS and GCP, they struggle to manage the complexity of securing their cloud infrastructures across multiple cloud platforms.

The global report, based on a survey of 775 cyber security professionals, revealed that cloud security incidents were up 10 percent from the previous year with 27 percent of organizations now citing misconfiguration, way ahead of issues like exposed data or account compromise.

Organizations are struggling to bring security into the DevOps cycle, compounded by a skills shortage witnessed by 45 percent of companies. Only 16 percent of respondents said they had comprehensive DevSecOps in place and 37 percent were just starting to implement DevSecOps into their cloud application development process.

There is an increasing need to deploy application protection in the cloud with this capability going up by 11 percent in the last year to become the 3rd highest area of focus, quoted by 53 percent of the survey sample. According to the report, 57 percent of respondents say that they expect to run more than half their workloads in the cloud within the next 12 to 18 months and, of those, some 76 percent were using two or more cloud providers.

As the move to the cloud gathers pace, the ability to streamline cloud security becomes vital, as 75 percent of organizations are in favour of a single unified security platform with single dashboard, where they can configure all the policies needed to protect data in the cloud. Currently 80 percent have to juggle three, or more separate security solution dashboards to configure their enterprise cloud footprint.

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