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Organizations Moving to Cloud Environments Don't Feel More Secure

By Silviu Stahie on Jan 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Companies are quick to move their operations into the cloud to reduce operating costs, but very few believe the shift makes their data more secure.

The pace of development in the world of technology pushes companies to keep up, and they sometimes take evolutionary moves without proper preparation. This problem is especially visible in organizations that move operations to the cloud without a proper understanding of what that means.

A Radware study shows that 75% of organizations chose to move to the cloud, not to mention the adoption of other tangential technologies. As usual, a new infrastructure comes with strengths and weaknesses. One of the problems is that the attack surface increases substantially, exposing organizations to threats that weren't there before.

Cybersecurity can no longer be ignored in today's world, especially since only 6% of the respondents say they suffered no attack in 2019. Of course, that doesn't mean that 100% of the attacks that took place were successful.

One type of that increased significantly in 2019 are so-called nation-states attacks, usually associated with one of the already known Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) groups. Moving the data to the cloud doesn't necessarily make the company safer. In fact, only 10% of the respondents trust that their data is more secure in a cloud environment.

Some 27% of respondents also feel that web and application intrusions are the biggest threat to cloud environments. The only way to mitigate problems is to use more than one cloud environment provider; only two out of five companies chose to do so.

While the cloud is the way of the future, it doesn't always work to safeguard the company’s data, especially if those organizations made a move without being ready. With the proper security and expectations, technological progress can outweigh any problems that could occur along the way.

The study includes responses from 561 respondents that represent organizations and companies from all over the world.

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Author: Silviu Stahie

Silviu is a seasoned writer who followed the technology world for almost two decades, covering topics ranging from software to hardware and everything in between. He's passionate about security and the way it shapes the world, in all aspects of life. He's also a space geek, enjoying all the exciting new things the Universe has to offer.