For some managers, security concerns grow with the complexity of hybrid cloud

Security is still a barrier to adopting a hybrid cloud architecture, with specific concerns including increased complexity, difficulty instituting security controls and a clear need for more assessment tools.

Jeff Rowe | Apr 23, 2018 12:00 am

As hybrid cloud environments take hold in healthcare and other sectors, security is becoming a top priority, but a new report finds many stakeholders are still choosing to address these concerns with separate tools for cloud and on-site, rather than a combined “best of suite” offering.

The report, from Santa Clara-based Cavirin Systems, polled more than 250 hybrid cloud security leaders and found that 81 percent of organizations currently deploy a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy, with 11 percent only going on-premise and 8 percent with one cloud provider.

As for what hybrid cloud security means to those polled, more than two thirds said it means verification that their public account is secure and confirmation that workloads in the cloud, such as VMs and container instances, are secure. More than half said it means ensuring all sensitive data is out of the cloud.

The most popular form of hybrid cloud security architecture is separate best of breed tools for both on-premise and cloud, cited by more than 60 percent of respondents. Slightly more than half said they used a best in suite tool, meaning a single tool spanning on-premise and cloud. More than a third said they use a cloud access security broker (CASB) tool for their hybrid security management, while one in five are using a dedicated container security tool.

When looking at the overall state of health, only one respondent was willing to admit their cybersecurity posture needed ‘immediate help,’ while more than half said their outlook was healthy, with 22 percent saying their posture was impenetrable.