Slow deployment of new security solutions are leaving organisations vulnerable.
Conventional network security solutions are failing to protect cloud computing environments.
80% of high-level security professionals feel that traditional network security tools are not able to provide adequate protection to their cloud infrastructures. Despite this, 58% of IT services will be based in public, private or hybrid environments in the next 18 months.
The benefits of agility, efficiency and speed are significant enough that for many organisations, the weaknesses in security are an acceptable downside to reap the benefits of what cloud has to offer.
A significant concern for cloud security is that 65% are taking three months or longer to deploy a new security solution for their cloud infrastructure environment. This is not only a pain point for organisations, it also leaves them vulnerable to threats which emerge during this time.
Mitch Bishop, CloudPassage CMO, said: "The plethora of point solutions on the market are overwhelming and confusing for security teams.
"A whopping 77% of survey respondents are experiencing tool fatigue and want a single solution for visibility, enforcement and compliance that is on-demand, deploys in minutes, fully automates a majority of security functions, and works across all their infrastructure: private, public, hybrid clouds and even bare metal servers."
Other findings of the survey identified that traditional security is difficult to scale in the cloud (73%), while less (37%) are concerned about their ability to meet compliance requirements and half anticipate that the majority of their customer data will reside in a cloud environment.
Bob Bragdon, vice president and publisher, CSO, said: "In the next 18 months, more than half of customer data is expected to be stored through cloud solutions, necessitating the need for new levels of security.
"With security catapulting up the priority list for organizations, most CSOs are very concerned about the security of customer data residing in public clouds and who takes ownership for protecting the data."
The CloudPassage survey asked people who hold the title of IT director or above at a company with 1,000 or more employees.