Securing the cloud remains an ongoing goal

Securing the cloud remains an ongoing goal

While the cloud is championed for its tighter security properties, it is not impenetrable. The challenges that come with securing cloud-based storage solutions were brought to the forefront recently by new research from Sumo Logic. The report is loaded with interesting insights but chief among them is the finding that shows 98 percent of surveyed companies still struggle to implement their desired security features in their cloud environments. That number alone is cause for concern with any company.

The survey was conducted by attaining answers from more than 300 cybersecurity IT professionals, predominantly from European companies, but whose territory spanned the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

Causes for the difficulty

The research found a number of reasons why companies are struggling to implement security strategies for their cloud solutions. These difficulties include:

* Siloed leadership. Many companies reported a lack of business leadership on their security team. In fact only 11 percent of companies from the Middle East and Africa had both business and security leaders on the same team focused on security issues.

* Changing approaches. Between 30-41 percent of respondents (depending on location) stated they could not apply past security best practices to cloud security implementation and that an entirely new approach was required. This approach is one that focuses on flexibility and agility, a difficult proposition for many outdated, conventional security and storage solutions.

* Technical expertise needed. Sixty-three percent of respondents reported the cloud required a wider breadth of expertise to effectively manage threats than conventional solutions. In addition, 54 percent stressed the added importance of coordination between teams in order to preserve cloud security.

* They simply aren’t ready. An astounding 97 percent said their company did not yet have the cross-functional tools to gain the necessary security insights across the company, making it impossible to implement the solution to the best of its capabilities.

Professional help necessary to solve cloud challenges

While the opportunities available via the cloud are nearly limitless, the access is not guaranteed. As you can see above, successfully utilizing the cloud still requires experience and a dedicated team. If you are interested in learning more about cloud-based solutions and how they can benefit your business, contact us today. And if you’d like to learn more about the research, here is a link to the full report.