Over the past few years, organizations have undergone Digital Transformation at a mind-boggling pace. They accelerated the adoption of cloud services and implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies so that users could effectively work from anywhere (WFX).
Now, on the pretext of better security and higher productivity, many industry leaders are urging employees to return to their physical offices. In legacy remote work arrangements, the bulk of the data and organizational assets lie in multiple locations and are often difficult for companies to fully account for.
This increases complexity and the chances of security breaches as well as data loss. To achieve a successful digital transformation, and benefit from cloud adoption, organizations need to rethink various aspects of their security operations.
Key Insights of the 2023 Cloud Security Report
The 2023 Cloud Security Report surveyed nearly 752 cybersecurity experts across all industries globally, to reveal the key trends and challenges that need to be addressed to achieve cloud success.
Experts identified the challenges in terms of cloud deployments, expenses, compliance, cloud strategies, and most importantly, cloud security. The pace of cloud adoption is still expected to remain strong in 2023.
However, the report emphasizes the need for adopting robust and holistic cloud security strategies to cope with this transition. Moving into 2023, several factors are bringing heightened attention to securing data in cloud environments.
Cloud Adoption Remains Strong in 2023
Over the past year, it has been observed how cloud adoption has continued to grow, with more organizations increasing their footprint in the cloud. Organizations adopting cloud solutions have experienced better flexibility and scalability by 53%, agility by 45%, business continuity by 44%, and accelerated deployment by 41%.
With the added benefits of cloud adoption, businesses have begun to shift a large percentage of their workloads and operations to the cloud. According to research, 57% of companies use more than one cloud platform and therefore, require greater knowledge and expertise from their security teams for visibility and integration between them.
Security Remains Critical while Leveraging the Cloud
The increasing usage and adoption of cloud-based solutions and platforms have also “raised the stakes” in terms of cloud security. The public cloud shows significant risks associated with it, as 43% of the respondents agreed with the fact that the public cloud is more challenging than on-premise or private cloud environments.
Cybersecurity experts face a variety of challenges when it comes to protecting cloud workplaces and workloads. The major challenges included a lack of a skilled workforce, compliance regulations, transparency, and the development of strong cloud security strategies.
Taking Preventive Measures for Cloud Security
Consolidating cloud security solutions was cited as an effective protection mechanism to overcome the hurdles and challenges of cloud platforms. Such services can be outsourced, and organizations can leverage intelligent and seamless operations on the cloud while maintaining robust cybersecurity.
The Need for Cybersecurity Awareness and Training
One of the most critical steps businesses need to take to improve cloud security is to invest in employee training and awareness. Cloud security training and awareness programs can help employees understand the risks associated with cloud environments, and how to prevent security breaches.
By educating employees on cyber security best practices, and conducting regular training and simulations, businesses will be better able to protect their data and other digital assets.
ATSG’s Competencies in Robust Cloud Security
ATSG offers best-in-class cybersecurity capabilities that are particularly effective for cloud environments. Our cybersecurity capabilities span the areas of security consulting and strategizing, Zero-Trust Architecture (ZTA), Managed Detection and Response (MDR), Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), and Layered Application Security.
ATSG focuses on offering customized IT and cybersecurity services, according to the unique needs of each enterprise. Whether your enterprise is transitioning to the Cloud, or it already has, our cybersecurity solutions will deliver robust and proactive protection against a wide range of cyber threats.