Security professionals continue to face a number of major challenges as more organizations move legacy IT operations to cloud infrastructure and applications, and traditional security tools often fall short, according to Delta Risk.
The research, produced by Cybersecurity Insiders, clearly shows that organizations must assess their cloud security posture and strategies on a regular basis and have a well-developed incident response plan that includes cloud applications and infrastructure.
Among the findings:
- The top cloud security concern is data loss and leakage (64 percent).
- Unauthorized access through misuse of employee credentials and improper access controls (42 percent) takes the number one spot in this year’s survey as the single biggest perceived vulnerability to cloud security, tied with insecure interfaces and APIs (42 percent). This is followed by cloud misconfigurations (40 percent).
- Most respondents (54 percent) say cloud environments are at higher risk of security breaches than traditional on-premises environments – a 5 percent increase from last year.
“The 2019 Cloud Security Report highlights the fact that IT and security professionals have to take the lead in securing their cloud data, systems, and services under the shared responsibility model,” said Holger Schulze, CEO and Founder of Cybersecurity Insiders.
“The 2019 research supports what we hear from organizations about their challenges with effectively monitoring cloud applications and infrastructure,” said Tempy Wright, Vice President of Marketing at Delta Risk. “High-profile data breaches in the past year have driven increased concerns about the security of cloud environments, and we see this reflected in the survey results.”