Trend Micro: 88% of firms accelerate digital transformation

By Scott Birch
Cloud security firm Trend Micro Incorporated survey shows that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 88% of global organizations...

Cloud security firm Trend Micro Incorporated has released survey results showing that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 88% of global organizations.

However, the same survey suggests this move to the cloud may leave some data insecure.

Sapio Research interviewed 2,565 decision-makers in 28 countries, across several industry sectors, with a focus on large enterprise.

"It's a very positive sign that a majority of organizations around the world are embracing digital transformation and adopting the cloud," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research for Trend Micro.

"But the survey findings also highlight the challenges remaining with understanding security in the cloud. Cloud adoption is not a 'set it and forget it' process, but takes ongoing management and strategic configuration to make the best security decisions for your business."

The survey confirms that while cloud infrastructure is secure, customers are responsible for securing their own data.

Nearly all (92%) of respondents say they are confident they understand their cloud security responsibility, but 97% also stated their cloud service provider (CSP) offers sufficient data protection. Only 55% use third-party tools to secure their cloud environments.

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Understanding security challenges in the cloud

The survey also revealed:

  • 51% claim the acceleration in cloud migration has increased their focus on security best practices
  • 87% believe they are fully or mostly in control of securing their remote work environment
  • 83% believe they will be fully or mostly in control of securing their future hybrid workplace
  • 45% said security is a "very significant" or "significant" barrier to cloud adoption
  • Data privacy (43%), staff training (37%) and compliance (36%) were reported as significant barriers in migrating to cloud-based security tools

"The good news is that by using smart, automated security tools, organizations can migrate to the cloud headache-free, ensuring the privacy and safety of their data and overcoming skills shortages as they do," Nunnikhoven added.

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