Report: Cloud automation is key to future-proof cybersecurity

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As hybrid work becomes the new normal, companies are realizing that people won’t be returning to the office full-time any time soon. IT environments are changing, with progressive migration from on-premise systems to hybrid or multicloud environments. The complexity of disparate environments challenges IT teams to implement and maintain consistent security policies. In fact, many companies have spent the last two years trying to achieve or maintain stability in a storm of uncertainty and rapid change. But what about the future? As businesses look toward the horizon, the focus must shift from just surviving to thriving. That’s according to Delinea’s latest study, which examines how companies are tackling the challenges of future-proofing.

Delinea’s research explores the important but sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated issue of future-proofing. It highlights the challenges facing a security industry and points to a balanced path of expertise and automation that will guide our work.

The report notes that cloud automation is seen as key to future-proofing cybersecurity, especially when coupled with autonomous permissions and access. The good news? 86% of respondents are looking for ways to automate access controls, particularly for privileged access. But even as 68% of respondents see budgets and staffing increases, they continue to face increasing threats from a growing threat landscape that is difficult to manage. 59% of respondents say the key driver behind their need to future-proof their access security in 2022 is increasingly complex multi-cloud IT environments.

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But the research points to a conundrum: Over-reliance on security preparedness could lead to a security disaster. The survey found that future-proofing becomes even more important as organizations gain overconfidence in their security measures. Despite the challenges ahead and the certainty that automation will be critical to their future success, 83% of respondents are confident in their current access controls, although two in three organizations admit to having been victims of cyberattacks.

As cloud migration accelerates, the pressure to manage critical systems in an increasingly complex, distributed, and vulnerable IT environment will only increase. Hybrid solutions will become mandatory. As the volume of activity and risk scenarios increase, we will likely rely more heavily on machine learning and autonomous security controls that require no human intervention at all. This applies to on-premise and cloud scenarios.

It is the most informed and forward-thinking leaders who select the most effective security investments to position their organizations for future success. The better you prepare for the long term, the more agile and resilient you are in a time of rapid change.

The report analyzed responses from more than 300 IT decision makers to a survey conducted in February 2022 by Census-wide, a global research firm.

Read Delinea’s full report.

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