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Report | Security Experts Struggling to Combat New Cloud Threats

David Paul

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As cloud security issues become more sophisticated, teams are struggling to keep pace with the limited security tools available.

Security experts dealing with operations on the cloud are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with potential threats, according to a new report.

CheckPoint’s ‘2020 Cloud Security Report’ reveals that there is a perception that current security tools offer only limited protection when cloud environments become more complex.

The data, collected by infosec community Cybersecurity Insiders using a sample of 653 cybersecurity and IT professionals, showed that 68% of companies cite misconfiguration of assets in the cloud as one of the biggest contributors to cloud security threats.

As well as this, it was also shown that 75% of enterprises are either “very” or “extremely” concerned about how secure they are in the cloud.

According to a recent Gartner report, the worldwide public cloud market is forecast to grow 6.3% in 2020 to total $257.9 billion, up from $242.7 billion in 2019.

The increased use of cloud computing means more security issues will inevitably arise, and report respondents say that most legacy security tools “are not designed for the dynamic, distributed, virtual environments of the cloud”.

The data showed that 82% of respondents say traditional security solutions “either don’t work at all in cloud environments or have only limited functionality”.

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Commenting on the report, Check Point Software’s cloud product line head, TJ Gonen, said: “The report shows that organisations’ cloud migrations and deployments are racing ahead of their security teams’ abilities to defend them against attacks and breaches.

“Their existing security solutions only provide limited protection against cloud threats, and teams often lack the expertise needed to improve security and compliance processes.

“To close these security gaps, enterprises need to get holistic visibility across all their public cloud environments and deploy unified, automated, cloud-native protection, compliance enforcement and event analysis. This way, they can keep pace with the needs of the business while ensuring continuous security and compliance.”

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When asked what criteria are most important when implementing cloud security, 61% said cost was the most pressing concern, followed by ease of use (55%), solution complexity (53%), and performance (49%).

However, most organisations have protocols in place, with 52% saying that they deploy up to two public cloud environments, while 60% expect their cloud security budget to increase over the next twelve months.

On average, companies allocate 27% of their security budget to cloud security, with the data showing only a 7% decline.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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