Cloud complexity and ‘terrifying’ IoT means organisations’ asset visibility is worsening

cloudcomputing-news.net | March 11, 2020

As security best practice continues to be a battle between organisations closing the gap of hackers who stay one step ahead, a new report from cybersecurity asset management provider Axonius has argued the complexity of cloud infrastructure means companies are ‘rapidly’ losing sight of their asset landscape.The study, put together by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and which polled 200 North America-based IT and cybersecurity professionals, found that for respondents overall, more than half (52%) of VMs now reside in the cloud and running in multiple environments.The report describes cloud visibility as ‘hazy at best’, with more than two thirds (69%) of those polled admitting they have a cloud visibility gap. Three quarters of those polled said they had experienced several serious cloud VM security incidents. Adding to this mix is a rise in container usage, with plenty of research reports previously noting dire consequences may be afoot if the spike was not adequately secured. Axonius describes container uptake as ‘mainstream’ today.Internet of Things (IoT) projects are gaining steam yet an even wider visibility gap remains 77% of respondents report a disparity. The report describes this trend as ‘inevitable or terrifying’; four in five (81%) say IoT devices will outnumber all other devices within three years, while more than half (58%) admit diversity in devices was their biggest management headache.Bring your own device (BYOD) is still a sticking point for many companies, even if the hype and coverage has since died down. Almost half (49%) of organisations polled said they prohibit BYOD for work-related activities, while three in five (61%) of those who have policies in place are worried about violations.

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OVHcloud | March 04, 2022

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Peter Wüst, VP CTO WW Enterprise & Commercial Business, NetApp “We are pleased to work with a recognized expert partner like NetApp to help our customers maximize and get the most out of their data by providing a unified experience across our various cloud storage solutions,” said Thierry Souche, Chief Technology Officer at OVHcloud. “Our customers can now access highly efficient and available storage resources, leveraging key features of ONTAP software and fully managed by OVHcloud.” With over two decades of expertise in digital infrastructure services, OVHcloud has developed an industrial model that preserves the technological and operational sovereignty of customers, while deploying environmentally friendly and resource-efficient technologies. Designed and engineered in the Group’s own data centers, all OVHcloud solutions guarantee total data reversibility and immunity to extraterritorial laws. 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CAST | April 08, 2022

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Wipro Limited | March 03, 2022

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