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The 2021 AWS Cloud Security Report is based on a comprehensive survey of 316 cybersecurity professionals to uncover how AWS user organizations are responding to new security threats in the cloud, and what tools and best practices cybersecurity leaders are prioritizing in their move
to the cloud.
This year’s survey saw some significant changes in how organizations manage remediation of security and compliance issues with system owners. The reported remediation cadences of realtime, ad-hoc, and before-audit fire drills all declined between 10 and 13 percentage points since 2020. While the numbers for quarterly and weekly remediation cadences stayed the same, these declines indicate positive process improvements.
Key survey findings include:
• More than nine out of ten cybersecurity professionals (95%) confirm they are extremely to moderately concerned about public cloud security.
• Misconfiguration of the cloud platform remains the top concern (71%). Exfiltration of sensitive data came in second (59%), followed by insecure APIs (54%).
• Periodic vulnerability and compliance reports are still the primary method for organizations (58%) to communicate with system owners about security and compliance issues needing remediation. This is followed by automatically opened tickets (47%) using tools such as Jira, ServiceNow, etc.
• Organizations increasingly embrace hybrid cloud (44%) and multi-cloud deployments (43%) for planned redundancy because of commitments to legacy applications in traditional data centers. Single cloud deployments (11%) continue to diminish in importance. Ninety percent of organizations use more than two cloud providers.
• When selecting a cloud security provider, organizations prioritize cost-effectiveness (66%), scalability (52%), ease of deployment (51%), and tools that can be deployed with automation (48%) as the top four criteria.
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