FireMon State of Hybrid Cloud Security Survey: Lack of Visibility, Speed of Cloud Business Initiatives Hamstring the Ability to Secure and Manage Hybrid EnvironmentsFebruary 26, 2019
FireMon today announced the results of its inaugural State of Hybrid Cloud Security Survey. The survey polled over 400 information security professionals, ranging from operations to c-level, about their practices maintaining network security across hybrid cloud environments. The survey aims to shed a light on the challenges security and network professionals face as they expand hybrid cloud initiatives.
Cloud Business and Cloud Security Misalignment
initiatives are accelerating faster than security organizations’ ability to
secure them. The 2019 State of Hybrid Cloud Security survey revealed 60% of
respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that this was happening in their
organizations. In many cases, security personnel are not even included in
cloud business initiatives.
- Only 56% of respondents indicated that network security, security operations or security compliance teams are responsible for cloud security.
the remaining 44% of cases, IT/cloud teams, application owners or other
teams outside the security organization are responsible for cloud
relationship between security and DevOps is inconsistent across organizations,
which can impact the consistency of cloud security controls, as more
enterprises deploy “as-a-Service” models in the cloud. In some cases, DevOps
and security are fully aligned and working well together. In other cases, the
relationship is difficult or even dysfunctional:
- 39% of respondents said they are using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models concurrently.
- 30.7% of respondents said they are part of the DevOps team, as part of the emerging DevSecOps trend.
- However, 30% indicated their relationship with DevOps is either complicated, contentious, not worth mentioning or non-existent.
Existing Security Tools Can’t Handle Scale and Complexity
The 2019 State of
Hybrid Cloud Security survey found that enterprises are inadvertently
introducing complexity into their environments by deploying multiple solutions
on-premise as well as across multiple private and public clouds. That
complexity is compounded by a lack of integrated tools and training needed to
holistically manage and secure hybrid cloud environments. Respondents
also cited a lack of integration across tools, and lack of qualified personnel
or insufficient training for using the tools, as key roadblocks to achieving
cross-environment security management.
Key findings include:
- 59% of respondents use two or more different firewalls in their environment, with 67% also using two or more public cloud platforms.
- More than 80% of respondents are challenged with the limitations and complexity of security tools used for managing security across hybrid cloud environments.
- Only 28% of respondents said they were using tools that can work across multiple environments to manage network security.
- Almost 36%indicated using native tools for each environment or manual process, which means they are managing security in a stand-alone fashion within each component of a hybrid environment.
of respondents said their top three challenges for securing public cloud
environments are: lack of visibility, lack of training and lack of
Mandate: Do More with Less
The transition to
hybrid cloud environments has dramatically expanded the enterprise attack
surface and, subsequently, the range of assets that must be secured, but
security resources are not expanding at that same scale. Budget and staffing
are the key resource constraints cited:
- 57.5% of respondents indicated that less than 25% of their security budget was dedicated to cloud security.
indicated they had security teams of 10 people or fewer.
“The results of our
survey are compelling, but not surprising. In large, complex enterprise
environments, budget constraints, lack of clarity around which team is responsible
for cloud security, and the absence of standards for managing security across
hybrid cloud environments are impairing organizations’ ability to secure their
cloud business initiatives,” said FireMon Vice President of Technology
Alliances Tim Woods. “This problem will only be
solved with a new generation of security technologies and processes that fully
integrate with DevOps and provide end-to-end visibility and continuous security
and compliance across hybrid environments.”
Woods added that
there is clear indication that many companies are no longer aligned to a
central security policy or security doctrine that provides the necessary
security guardrails across their hybrid environments. “In the absence of a
concise security rule book, where departments are managing their own security
controls, they will do so on a best-effort basis,” he said. “You can be
guaranteed that this opens the door for increased risk. If decentralized
security responsibility is the future for cloud-first strategies, and we believe
it is, then we must look for a way to reestablish a global security management
strategy that aligns business intent, with compliance intent, with security
intent. Security implementations should closely reflect a central
security doctrine. Security must be a component of application deployments
where both are synchronized to each other.”
To download the FireMon State of Hybrid Cloud Security report, visit the FireMon website: https://www.firemon.com/2019-state-of-hybrid-cloud-security.