Nearly 60% of Security Professionals Believe Cloud Deployments Surpass Security Capabilities: FireMon.

FireMon have released its 2020 State of Hybrid Cloud Security Report, the annual benchmark of the cloud security landscape. The latest report finds that while enterprises rapidly transition to the public cloud, complexity is increasing, but visibility and team sizes are decreasing while security budgets remain flat to pose a significant obstacle to preventing data breaches. The 2020 State of Hybrid Cloud Security Report features insights from more than 500 respondents, including 14 percent from the executive ranks, detailing cloud security initiatives in the era of digital transformation.

"As companies around the world undergo digital transformations and migrate to the cloud, they need better visibility to reduce network complexity and strengthen security postures," said Tim Woods, VP of Technology Alliances for FireMon. "It is shocking to see the lack of automation being used across the cloud security landscape, especially in light of the escalating risk around misconfigurations as enterprises cut security resources. The new report shows that enterprises are most concerned about these challenges, and we know that adaptive and automated security tools would be a welcomed solution for their needs."

Cloud Adoption, Complexity and Scale Create Security Challenges.

While enterprises increasingly transition to public and hybrid cloud environments, their network complexity continues to grow and create security risks. Meanwhile, they are losing the visibility needed to protect their cloud systems, which was the biggest concern cited by 18 percent of C-suite respondents, who now also require more vendors and enforcement points for effective security.

The 2020 FireMon State of Hybrid Cloud Security Report found that:

* (Consider) Business acceleration outpaces effective security implementations:

* Need for Security Outpaces the Need for Data Protection: Nearly 60 percent believed their cloud deployments had surpassed their ability to secure the networks in a timely manner. This number was virtually unchanged from 2019, showing no improvement against a key industry progress indicator.

* Cloud Complexity Increases: The number of vendors and enforcement points needed to secure cloud networks are also increasing; 78.2 percent of respondents are using two or more enforcement points. This number increased substantially from the 59 percent using more than two enforcement points last year. Meanwhile, almost half are using two or more public cloud platforms...

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