Organizations Use The Cloud Ubiquitously, But They’re Less Sold On Cloud-First Strategies: McAfee

McAfee unveiled its third annual cloud report on April 16, and while it found demand for cloud services continues to grow, it also discovered significantly fewer organizations are pursuing a cloud-first strategy.

Called “Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security,” the report covers the state of cloud adoption and the concerns with private and public cloud services for the more than 1,400 IT professionals surveyed.

Visibility is one of the biggest issues organizations have with cloud adoption. Some executives are more hesitant to invest in cloud services because they can’t see exactly what’s happening in cloud environments.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

  • 83 per cent store sensitive data in the public cloud
  • 69 per cent trust the public cloud to keep their sensitive data secure
  • One in four organizations has experienced data theft from the public cloud
  • One in five organizations has experienced an advanced attack against its public cloud infrastructure
  • 97 per cent of organizations use cloud services (public, private, or a combination of both), up from 93 per cent one year ago

McAfee listed three best practices and recommendations based on the report. They include:

  • DevOps and DevSecOps have been demonstrated to improve code quality and reduce exploits and vulnerabilities. Integrating development, quality assurance and security processes within the business unit or application team is crucial to operating at the speed today’s business environment demands.
  • Even the most experienced security professionals find it difficult to keep up with the volume and pace of cloud deployments on their own. Automation that augments human advantages with machine advantages, such as that found in tools such as Chef, Puppet or Ansible, is a fundamental component of modern IT operations.
  • Multiple management tools make it too easy to for something to slip through. A unified management system across multiple clouds with an open integration fabric reduces complexity.

There’s also an informative infographic here that hits the key points.

 

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