98% of EMEA companies challenged by implementing cloud security finds Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic, a leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence for modern applications, today announced results of an independent study that found 98 percent of European companies face organisational challenges with implementing security in cloud environments.
These findings are based on an independent survey of over 315 IT security professionals responsible for environments with significant investment in both cloud and on-premise IT infrastructure. The research covered two regions: U.S. and Canada, and Europe, The Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As part of the research, Sumo Logic found the following major differences between the U.S. and Canada and EMEA:
41 percent of EMEA respondents stated that cloud requires a different approach to security management, compared to 31 percent in the U.S. and Canada. The need to investigate both application and infrastructure layers has changed as more companies have adopted Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), while 86 percent of EMEA respondents said that their priorities changed as IaaS adoption increased. Just two percent said it had dropped, and 12 percent said the level of investigation work would remain the same.

“One of the biggest takeaways from the findings is that European companies see the need to differentiate how they think about security for the cloud compared to their U.S. and Canadian counterparts,” said Mukesh Sharma, vice president, EMEA, Sumo Logic. “The growth of cloud demands more flexibility and agility around security, and many companies are struggling to adapt their legacy tools like SIEM for modern IT infrastructures.”

The report also revealed the following global trending data:

  • Security in the cloud is creating new challenges and a need for collaboration
  • 63 percent say cloud requires broader technical expertise to understand threats
  • 54 percent say greater cross-team coordination is necessary for security in their cloud environment
  • 51 percent say overloaded staff is a challenge for security in their cloud environment
  • 95 percent say organisational changes would help improve security for their cloud environment
  • 57 percent say increased collaboration between IT operations and security operations would help improve security for their cloud environment
  • 64 percent say a tool that is able to consolidate other tool capabilities would help improve security for their cloud environment
  • 64 percent think the overall industry is moving towards a consolidation of DevSecOps

76 percent of organisations are adopting DevOps, while only 56% of organisations are adopting DevSecOpsNew technology approaches always require new approaches to security. As more companies migrate to the cloud, development, operations and security teams need to adapt to this new approach within their own processes. The report findings underscore the need for a new class of converged operations and security solutions, integrating application insight and infrastructure defence together. As more companies adopt DevOps processes, the impact on security will be felt more strongly over time.

“As more organisations continue to adopt cloud infrastructure, they are also facing more regulatory pressure than ever, with new laws like GDPR, to preserve not only the privacy and security of their own architectures, but also the data of their customers and end-users,” said Sharma. “The findings validate the need for an integrated DevSecOps approach in order to build a security and privacy by design program that enables organisations to leverage their machine data to spot potential gaps around security and stop them from becoming compliance risks for the business.”

To download the full report and learn more about the security and IT challenges global organisations face as they adopt modern applications in the cloud, visit here.

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