Orchestrating Security in the Cloud: Shedding Light on IT Concerns, Trends, and Priorities

CloudPassage recently co-sponsored the report Orchestrating Security in the Cloud executed by the SANS Institute, surveying 485 IT and security professionals to gather data surrounding the most challenging issues faced by enterprises as they move workloads into cloud environments.

The survey touched on many different areas of security, but one of the most interesting findings is that hybrid cloud architectures are emerging as the most prevalent infrastructure models, with 40% of those surveyed reporting using them now and 43% surveyed planning to move in that direction within the next year.

Taking a look at our own customer base, these results are not surprising. The world is quickly moving to mixed environments. Data centers aren’t going away anytime soon. At the same time, applications and other kinds of workloads are migrating quickly to cloud infrastructure. In fact, according to a recent Gartner report, investments in cloud computing will top $200 billion globally by 2018.

Some of the other key findings in the report include:

  • 40% of those surveyed report storing or processing sensitive data in the cloud
  • 40% cite unauthorized access to sensitive data from other tenants as the most pressing concern with public cloud deployments
  • 33% state that they do not currently have enough visibility into their public cloud providers’ operations
  • 33% of those organizations that experienced breaches in the cloud cite malware as the top private-cloud attack vector, while 36% choose Denial-of-Service (DoS) as the top attack vector in the public cloud.

Additionally, many IT professionals cited speed of deployment as the most important factor in their decision-making, no matter the architecture type.

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. Ranges of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.

To read the press release, click here.

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