“Overwhelming majority” of EMEA companies “still struggling” to secure the cloud

Sumo Logic – the cloud-native machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence for modern applications – has unveiled the results of an independent study that finds 98% of European companies facing “organisational challenges” when it comes to 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: the US and Canada and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

As part of the research, Sumo Logic found major differences between the US and Canada and the EMEA. A larger majority of EMEA respondents take a different ownership approach to cloud security than they would for on-premise systems. 41% of EMEA respondents stated that cloud requires a different approach to security management compared to 31% in the US and Canada.

The need to investigate both application and infrastructure layers has changed as more companies have adopted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). 86% of EMEA respondents said that their priorities changed as IaaS adoption increased, while only 2% said it had dropped. 12% state that the level of investigation work would remain the same.

EMEA businesses are on the right path, but need to do a better job of integrating business, IT and security operations across the organisation. Only 11% of EMEA companies involve both technology and C-level business roles in their security leadership team. 26% have security leadership led solely by the IT security team, but sponsored by a C-level business role. 42% have a mix of IT security, operations and other technology roles on the security leadership team, but don’t involve business executives in decision-making, while around 20% of companies have IT security solely managed and run by the IT Security Department.

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 US and Canadian counterparts,” said Mukesh Sharma, vice-president (EMEA) at Sumo Logic. “The growth of cloud demands more flexibility and agility around security, but many companies are struggling to adapt their legacy tools like SIEM for modern IT infrastructures.”

Global trending data

The report also reveals interesting global trending data. For example, security in the cloud is creating new challenges and a need for collaboration. 63% of respondents say cloud requires broader technical expertise to understand threats. 54% say greater cross-team coordination is necessary for security in their cloud environment, while 51% believe ‘overloaded staff’ is a challenge for security in their cloud environment.

New models are needed to break down silos of people, workflow, and technology. 95% say organisational changes would help improve security for their cloud environment. 57% suggest that increased collaboration between IT operations and security operations would help improve security for their cloud environment, and 64% believe that a single tool able to consolidate other tools’ capabilities would help improve security for their cloud environment.

Organisations are modernising IT infrastructures, applications and processes. 64% of survey respondents think the overall industry is moving towards a consolidation of DevSecOps. 76% of organisations are adopting DevOps, while only 56% are adopting DevSecOps.

New 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’s findings underscore the need for a new class of converged operations and security solutions that actively integrate application insight and infrastructure defence. 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’re also facing more regulatory pressure than ever, and particularly so given new laws like the General Data Protection Regulation, to preserve not only the privacy and security of their own architectures, but also the data of their customers and end users,” observed Sharma. “The findings of this report validate the need for an integrated DevSecOps approach in order to build a ‘Security and Privacy by Design’ programme 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: sumologic.com/resource/report/cloud-security-trends-2018/

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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