Organizations worldwide have enabled employees to work remotely and shifted their infrastructure to the cloud in order to maintain collaboration and workflows. This rapid cloud adoption and reshaping of the global workforce has created new challenges and risks.
To take an in-depth look at public cloud adoption trends, network and application vulnerabilities, and a variety of related security concerns, Barracuda commissioned independent market researcher Vanson Bourne to survey 750 IT decision makers from APAC, EMEA and the US who are responsible for their organization’s cloud infrastructure. The results of that research were published in the new report Securing Your Apps in the Borderless Cloud.
Fresh insights on cloud and application security
- Not all APAC respondents feel they are fully protected in the cloud.
- 26% of APAC respondents say application security provided by cloud infrastructure is insufficient.
- 95% of APAC respondents have added (56%) or plan to add (39%) extra security measures to their public cloud deployments. Singapore and Australia lead the pack in APAC.
- Cyberattacks and their associated costs are on the rise.
- 76% of APAC respondents report being targeted by a cyberattack at least once, with 44% saying they have been attacked between two and five times.
- Time spent on preventing and managing cyberattacks is highest in APAC, an average of 7 hours.
- Concerns about poor app security and related consequences are prevalent.
- More than half of APAC respondents are worried about losing sensitive, mission-critical data (53%), crippled day-to-day operations due to temporary shutdown of mission-critical applications (54%), and lost customers (50%) are top security concerns to APAC organizations about a successful cyberattack.
- APAC respondents say that they need to protect applications that can be accessed by external users (86%), involve e-commerce or PII (89%), or can be accessed via mobile devices (90%).
As remote work is here to stay, organizations are accelerating cloud migrations and showing more trust in the public cloud. However, significant security concerns remain. APIs and mobile apps become more vulnerable to the evolving DDoS attacks, malicious bots and automated attacks which can have far-reaching consequences in day-to-day operations and brand reputation.
These concerns underscore the importance of a strong and secure IT solution to provide additional protection to cloud infrastructure. When it comes to application security, a web application firewall (WAF) ensures protection from cyberattacks, secures application delivery, and controls access and authentication. Organizations who can safeguard data by eliminating application vulnerabilities and stopping data breaches will be able to take full advantage of all the business benefits inherent in leveraging the cloud.
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