Press Release

80% of Enterprises Can’t Rely on Perimeter Security to Protect Cloud Infrastructures Survey Finds

New survey of security executives sheds light on current state of cloud security at some of North America’s largest companies

San Francisco, Calif. , June 30, 2015

CloudPassage today released new research that shows security executives at major North American companies believe conventional network security solutions aren’t enough to protect their cloud computing environments, especially when it comes to visibility into impending cyber attacks. The survey commissioned by CloudPassage and administered by IDG Research and CSO Strategic Marketing Services surveyed high-level security professionals at major North American organizations on their attitudes toward cloud security, key adoption drivers, and the effectiveness of traditional security solutions in cloud environments. Chief among the findings was that 80% of respondents don’t think traditional network security tools can adequately protect cloud infrastructure, while at the same time noting that fully 58% of IT services will be based in public, private or hybrid cloud environments in the next 18 months, a dramatic increase over the 43% today.

The survey also notes that cloud adoption continues to grow because agility, efficiency and speed are of paramount importance to enterprises. However, as organizations move workloads from their own servers to virtual infrastructure, they often run into some significant issues. According to 65% of survey respondents, it takes three months or longer to deploy a new security solution for their cloud infrastructure environment; not only is this lag a huge pain point, it leaves enterprises vulnerable to new threats that may emerge during deployment.

“Companies clearly see the economic benefits of cloud technology, but concerns about security continue to dog the industry,” said Mitch Bishop, CloudPassage CMO. “The plethora of point solutions on the market are overwhelming and confusing for security teams. A whopping 77% of survey respondents are experiencing tool fatigue and want a single solution for visibility, enforcement and compliance that is on-demand, deploys in minutes, fully automates a majority of security functions, and works across all their infrastructure: private, public, hybrid clouds and even bare metal servers.”

In addition to the findings above:

  • 73% of respondents reported that traditional security is difficult to scale in a cloud environment;
  • 50% anticipate the majority of their customer data will reside in a cloud environment — and nearly 20% in a public cloud — in the next 18 months;
  • 37% are concerned about their ability to meet compliance requirements; and
  • The top three concerns about customer data residing in the public cloud are data ownership, location of data, and shared technology.

“Cloud solutions continue to play a leading role in business innovation and agility for organizations,” said Bob Bragdon, vice president and publisher, CSO. “In the next 18 months, more than half of customer data is expected to be stored through cloud solutions, necessitating the need for new levels of security. With security catapulting up the priority list for organizations, most CSOs are very concerned about the security of customer data residing in public clouds and who takes ownership for protecting the data.”

To be eligible to complete this survey, respondents were required to hold a title of IT director or above at a company with 1,000 or more employees. Respondents were also required to have involvement with or knowledge of their organization’s security as well as cloud initiatives and needs.