Report: Cloud adoption grew by 25% in the past year

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A new report from Palo Alto Networks found that the COVID-19 pandemic affected cloud adoption strategies for nearly every organization in the past year. Data from the report showed that companies were quick to respond to increased cloud demand: Nearly 70% of organizations now host more than half of their workloads in the cloud, and widespread adoption of the cloud has ended grew by 25% year on year.

That said, the battle to automate security was palpable, and regardless of why an organization moves workloads to the cloud, security remains a constant challenge. Respondents noted that the top three challenges in moving to the cloud were maintaining comprehensive security, managing technical complexity, and meeting compliance requirements.

Additionally, Palo Alto Networks’ analysis found that “successful” transformations are more likely when an organization has a cohesive strategy for moving to the cloud — a driving force behind the program. And organizations that embrace security and automation as part of that cloud adoption strategy are showing a greater number of better business outcomes.

Example: 80% of organizations with strong cloud security reported increased workforce productivity, and 85% of organizations with low “friction” between security and development teams (DevOps) report the same. More specifically, organizations that closely integrate DevSecOps principles are more than seven times more likely to have a very strong security posture. This is independent of industry, budget, country or other demographics.

Other findings in the report include key differences in how organizations allocate budget for cloud and cloud security; the organizational practices that differentiate teams with strong cloud security from those with weak security posture; and the common strategies successful organizations share in achieving secure cloud transformations.

For its report, Palo Alto Networks surveyed 3,000 global professionals working in cloud architecture, InfoSec and DevOps in five countries to understand the practices, tools and technologies companies use to secure and manage cloud-native architectures.

Read the full report by Palo Alto Networks.


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