AlgoSec which offers firewall policy management software has released a survey report which says that one-third of organizations are planning to gain benefits from cloud infrastructure over the next 12-18 months, provided they can somehow mitigate migration challenges to the fullest including managing security policies and broken applications.
The survey concluded that over 49% of respondents said their organizations run up to 20% of workloads in the public cloud, while 26% use the public cloud for 21%-40% of their workloads. And only 7% use the public cloud for 61% to 100% of workloads.
AlgoSec survey also mentioned in its report that a majority of respondents (say 58%) are/were interested in using Microsoft Azure, while 52 percent were using Amazon Web Services and 19% were using Google Cloud.
The Cloud usage study carried out by the New Jersey-based business-driven security management company says that hybrid cloud environments are presenting challenges to organizations due to lack of visibility and inconsistent management. Furthermore, Cyber attacks, unauthorized access, and data leaks are impeding adoption of cloud platforms in corporate environments.
Since migration of applications is an error-prone process and tedious at the same time, companies which are underprepared have tasted negativity due to a compromise in security, compliance and business agility. Thus, Data and Application migration to the cloud is posing as a threat for companies who like to adopt hybrid cloud environments and this was revealed as a highlight in the study taken up by Algosec.
Out of 1000 respondents who participated in the survey from various business verticals, over 44 percent of them had difficulty in managing security policies post migration and 32 percent had difficulty in mapping application traffic flows starting a migration project. And 30 percent of respondents reported that their applications did not work post-migration.
Cloud experts who reviewed the survey report said that mistakes such as the one reported above happen when security and migration are done in a manual way. They say that if automation can be used to manage security in hybrid cloud environments, then it can help in addressing security challenges faster and more accurately while speeding up cloud migrations and enforcing compliance.
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