2022 Cloud Security Report [Fortinet]

Organizations continue to shift workloads to the cloud at a rapid pace to achieve faster time to market, increased responsiveness, and cost reductions. With the majority of organizations expected to have more than half their workloads in the cloud within the next 12-18 months, it is no surprise that cloud security continues to remain a top concern.

This 2022 Cloud Security Report, based on a comprehensive global survey of cybersecurity professionals, reveals these security challenges and offers fresh insights on the state of the cloud and cloud security today. The study reviews organizations’ choices and responses as they try to gain more confidence in securing their cloud environments.

The following survey results highlight the insights uncovered in this report:

• Most organizations continue to pursue a hybrid (39%, up from 36% last year) or multi-cloud strategy (33%) to integrate multiple services, for scalability, or for business continuity reasons. Seventy-six percent are utilizing two or more cloud providers.

• Organizations continue to shift workloads to the cloud at a rapid pace. Today, 39% of respondents have more than half of their workloads in the cloud, while 58% plan to get to this level in the next 12-18 months.

• Cloud users confirm that the cloud is delivering on the promise of flexible capacity and scalability (53%), increased agility (50%), and improved availability and business continuity (45%).

• Security professionals highlight lack of visibility (49%), high cost (43%), lack of control (42%), and lack of security (22%) as the biggest unforeseen factors to slow or stop cloud adoption.

• Cloud security continues to be a significant concern for cybersecurity professionals. With an increase of two percentage points from last year, 95% of organizations are moderately to extremely concerned about their security posture in a public cloud environment.

• Over three-quarters (78%) of respondents consider it very to extremely helpful to have a single cloud security platform with a single dashboard to protect data consistently and comprehensively across their cloud footprint.

We would like to thank Fortinet for supporting this important industry research project. We hope you’ll find this report informative and helpful as you continue your efforts in securing your organization’s cloud journey against evolving threats.

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