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Digital transformation is on the rise, but can be uncertain for many

According to a Trend Micro survey, 84 percent of Swiss companies have stepped up their cloud migration, but few understand their security responsibilities in the process.

New survey results from Trend Micro confirm that the COVID 19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 84 percent of companies in Switzerland (88 percent globally). However, the increasing adoption of the cloud can lead to business data becoming insecure.

The survey of IT decision makers confirms that a simple misunderstanding can lead to serious security consequences. While the cloud infrastructure itself is secure, customers are responsible for protecting their own data – this is the basis of the shared responsibility model in the cloud.
91 percent (92 percent globally) of respondents say they are aware of their responsibility for security in the cloud. But almost all (97 percent in Switzerland and globally) also believe their cloud service provider (CSP) provides adequate protection for their data.
“It is a positive sign that the majority of enterprises worldwide are driving digital transformation and moving to the cloud,” said Richard Werner, business consultant at Trend Micro. “However, the results of our study also highlight the challenges that remain in understanding cloud security. Cloud adoption is not a one-time process. Rather, it requires ongoing management and strategic configuration to make the best security decisions for an organization.”
Of the global enterprises surveyed, only 55 percent use additional third-party tools to secure their cloud environments. This suggests that there may be significant gaps in coverage and confirms that the shared responsibility model is not understood. Previous research by Trend Micro already found that misconfiguration is currently the biggest risk to cloud environments. (1) This occurs primarily when companies underestimate their part of the shared responsibility model.

The companies surveyed in Switzerland seem quite confident about their cybersecurity situation in the cloud:
– 44 percent say the acceleration of cloud migration has increased their focus on security best practices (51 percent globally).
– 76 are confident they are fully or mostly in control of the security of their remote work environment (87 percent globally).
– 72 percent believe they will have complete or most control over the security of their future hybrid workplace (83 percent globally).

Despite this confidence, many respondents also admitted to having security challenges.
– Fifty-three percent see security as a “very significant” or “significant” barrier to cloud adoption (45 percent globally).
– The top three daily issues Swiss organizations face in protecting cloud workloads are setting consistent policies (43 percent), rollout challenges (31 percent), and a lack of integration with on-premise security solutions (30 percent).
– When migrating to cloud-based security tools, they perceive data protection (54 percent), limited budget (37 percent), and compliance (34 percent) as the top three barriers.

“The good news is that by using intelligent, automated security tools, organizations can migrate to the cloud without worry. This gives them the opportunity to ensure the privacy and security of their data while mitigating the impact of the skills shortage,” Richard Werner added.
Security solutions for cloud environments that were ranked as most important by the Swiss organizations surveyed include network protection tools (31 percent), cloud security posture management (21 percent) and cloud access security brokers (CASB, 20 percent).

About the study
On behalf of Trend Micro, Sapio Research surveyed a total of 2565 decision-makers in 28 countries (including 70 in Switzerland) across a range of industries and from companies of all sizes, with a focus on large enterprises, in October 2020.

(1) cf. https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/de/security/news/virtualization-and-cloud/exploring-common-threats-to-cloud-security

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