The COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to work-from-anywhere has forced organizations to significantly advance their digital acceleration initiatives, resulting in increasingly hybrid IT networks to help deliver better access to applications and data. In many cases, these assets are distributed across data center networks and cloud deployments that are in a constant state of flux. In addition to the added complexity of managing hybrid IT architectures, organizations underwent forced acceleration to the cloud due to external factors such as competitive pressures or supply chain issues. The lack of time to properly plan and coordinate around these efforts has led to security gaps across an expanded attack surface. Now, today’s organizations are scrambling to provide consistent security and policy everywhere to defend against attacks without disrupting business operations.
So given this digital acceleration, what is the current state of cloud adoption and cloud security? Fortinet partnered with Cybersecurity Insiders to survey more than 800 cybersecurity professionals from around the world and across industries. The 2022 Cloud Security Report reveals how security executives and practitioners are using the cloud, how their organizations are responding to security threats in the cloud, and the challenges they are facing. Let’s look at some of the highlights from this year’s report.
Digital Innovation Accelerates Cloud Adoption
Organizations continue to shift workloads to the cloud at a rapid pace to achieve faster time to market, increased responsiveness to customer needs, and cost reductions. 39% of respondents have more than half of their workloads in the cloud.
Most organizations are selecting either a hybrid-cloud (39%, up from 36% last year) or multi-cloud deployment approach (33%) to integrate multiple services, provide scalability, or ensure business continuity. Seventy-six percent of organizations currently use two or more cloud providers.
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