Trend Micro: 88% of firms accelerate digital transformation
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.
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.
Non-IT experts ‘to build majority of tech products by 2024’
80% of technology products and services will be built by non-technology professions by 2024, says research firm Gartner.
This is according to a new report from Gartner, which claims a new category of buyers outside the traditional IT organisation is now responsible for a growing share of the overall IT market.
“Digital business is treated as a team sport by CEOs and no longer the sole domain of the IT department,” said Rajesh Kandaswamy, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Growth in digital data, low-code development tools and artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted development are among the many factors that enable the democratistion of technology development beyond IT professionals.”
COVID-19 Accelerating Technology
Technology has started expanding into all areas of business, creating demand for products and services outside IT departments. In 2023, Gartner anticipates that US$30 billion in revenue will be generated by products and services that did not exist pre-pandemic. Gartner analysts said the rapid expansion of cloud services, digital business initiatives, and remote services opened the door for new possibilities in integrations and optimisation.
The research found that COVID-19 also reduced barriers for those outside of IT to create technology-based solutions by providing an entry point for anyone who was able to serve pandemic-induced needs. Gartner said technology providers are now finding themselves increasingly entering markets related to, or in competition with, nontechnology providers, including innovative firms in financial services and retail.
Gartner expects high-profile announcements of technology launches from nontech companies to proliferate over the next 12 months.
“The availability of business technologists provides new sources of innovation and the ability to get work done. Thus, technology and service providers will need to extend their sourcing of ideas and technology development into new communities, whether they are based on citizen development, their own customer communities or other sources,” said Kandaswamy