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Multi-Cloud Security Requires More Budget and Training, Research Concludes

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Ninety-five percent of organizations are targeting multi-cloud adoption in 2022, according to a survey of more than 200 U.S. IT leaders conducted by network security platform provider Valtix. In addition, among IT leaders at businesses that prioritize multi-cloud adoption in 2022, 96 percent indicated security is "top of mind."

Other notable findings from Valtix's survey include:

  • 83 percent of IT leaders are committing additional budget to multi-cloud security in 2022.
  • 76 percent indicated that their organizations are "underinvested" in multi-cloud operations.
  • 67 percent recognize that their organizations' employees are underskilled relative to multi-cloud security.
  • 62 percent manage multi-cloud operations, and 84 percent that do not expect to do so within two years.
  • 54 percent said they feel "highly confident" that they have the tools or skills needed to execute a multi-cloud strategy.
  • 51 percent are reluctant to move to multiple cloud platforms due to security concerns.

IT leaders frequently are underfunded, underskilled and inefficient when it comes to multi-cloud security, Valtix CEO Douglas Murray stated. As such, organizations increasingly are seeking out solutions to implement security policies and maximize visibility across their multi-cloud environments.

Tips to Secure Multi-Cloud Environments

Using a single console for multi-cloud security can be beneficial. In fact, Valtix's survey indicated that 96 percent of IT leaders said their job would be easier if they had one console view to manage security across multiple clouds.

Furthermore, utilizing tools and technologies that promote cross-cloud visibility is important. In Valtix's survey, 82 percent of IT leaders indicated a lack of visibility into cross-cloud security controls and policies creates more work for their teams.

One potential solution could involve Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools, which 41% of MSSPs now leverage to safeguard Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, according to MSSP Alert research findings from September 2021. CSPM tools seek to ensure that service providers and end-customers properly configure cloud services, and avoid erroneous settings that provide attack vectors for hackers.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.