Report: Cloud adoption grew 25% in the past year

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A new report from Palo Alto Networks found that the COVID-19 epidemic in the past year has affected cloud adoption strategies for almost every organization. The report’s data show that businesses are moving faster to respond to increased cloud demand: about 70% of organizations are now hosting more than half of their workload in the cloud, and overall cloud adoption has increased by 25% in the last year.

That said, the struggle to automate security was clear, and for whatever reason an organization takes the workload to the cloud, security remains a constant challenge. Respondents noted that the top three challenges for moving to the cloud were maintaining comprehensive security, managing technical complexity, and meeting compliance requirements.

In addition, an analysis of Palo Alto Networks found that when an organization has an integrated strategy for moving to the cloud, “successful” change is more likely to occur – a key factor behind the program. And, as part of that cloud adoption strategy, security and automation organizations are showing a better number of commercial results.

Line graphs that show a clear correlation between the organization's security posture (numbered from "Very weak" To "Absolutely strong") And their overall productivity and satisfaction.  In short, the higher the overall cloud security of the organization, the higher the productivity and satisfaction of their employees.

In fact: 80% of organizations with strong cloud security postures reported increased workforce productivity, and 85% of organizations with less “friction” between security and development (DevOps) teams reported the same. More specifically, organizations that strictly integrate DevSecOps principles are seven times more likely to have a very strong security position. This is independent of industry, budget, country or other demographic categories.

Other findings of the report include major differences in the way organizations allocate budgets for cloud and cloud security; Organizational practices that distinguish teams with strong cloud security postures from teams with poor security posture; And shares common strategies of successful organizations in achieving secure cloud transformation.

For its report, Palo Alto Networks surveyed 3,000 global professionals working in Cloud Architecture, Infosec and DevOps in five countries to help companies understand the practices, tools and technologies used to secure and manage cloud native architecture.

Read the full report by Palo Alto Networks.

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