Four Biggest Barriers to Cloud Adoption

The 4 Biggest Barriers to Cloud Adoption

The cloud has fundamentally changed how enterprises structure their IT infrastructure and architecture. We’ve seen analyst reports positing that roughly 90% of enterprises are utilizing the cloud in some form or fashion — whether public, private, or hybrid deployments. SaaS continues to be the most popular cloud model, at 51%.

Although Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS, 39%) and Platform as a Service (PaaS, 22%) models are continuing to show signs of increasing adoption, they seem to be showing a significant lag, given the original promises the cloud brings to organizations utilizing these models; increased speed and agility, better scalability, improved cost efficiencies, etc.

With so much upside to utilizing the cloud to replace technology infrastructure, why is the adoption of IaaS and PaaS not greater? One reason could be that with each added benefit of cloud adoption, a slew of hurdles and risk concerns have been dragged along.

A recent report from Cybersecurity Insiders, “The 2019 Coalfire Cloud Security Intelligence Report,” showcases survey data from over 400,000 enterprise cloud and information security members. The report provides a detailed look into what obstacles organizations are experiencing when moving to the cloud. We will highlight the most significant cloud adoption barriers from this study, and demonstrate how DisruptOps helps organizations eliminate these barriers, allowing them to unlock the benefits of the cloud.

#1 – Security Concerns: General Security, Data Loss/Leakage, Security Risk

The report showed that the top two largest barriers holding back cloud adoption both involved security. When combined, 57% of members surveyed stated they had concerns with general security risks, including data security and the loss or leakage of information.

These numbers and concerns make complete sense when we apply them to the latest breaches that we read about in the news. However, it is important to stress that the security vulnerabilities of the cloud do not reside within the realm of the service providers (AWS, Azure, GCP) or the overall security OF the cloud; physical and virtual platform (compute, storage, network) security. The real threat and gaps in security results from what is being put WITHIN the cloud. The cloud consumer (basically “you”) have the responsibility for; managing native cloud services and infrastructure security (IAM/access control, data protection, logging and alerting, etc.)

  • How DisruptOps can help: Using a centralized cloud security operations platform like DisruptOps allows organizations to enforce recommended cloud security best practices through continuous assessments and automated guardrails rapidly detecting and automatically remediating security issues and operational inefficiencies across their multi-cloud infrastructure. DisruptOps gives enterprises the ability to ensure their cloud native services and infrastructure are continuously assessed, and best practices and policies are automatically enforced. Try it out free for 14-days!

#2 – Lack of Budget (26%)

With a clear benefit of cloud adoption being speed and agility, cost quickly becomes a barrier to success. Yes, adopting the cloud makes it easier and faster to deploy more environments and utilize more resources… and with that, comes more expenses (and potential security risks) when teams are not careful.

  • How DisruptOps can help: Along with the continuous assessment of security and operational issues, DisruptOps also provides organizations with a series of economic assessments and automated guardrails to eliminate unnecessary spending. For example, cloud development costs mushroom when unused resources run after hours and on weekends. DisruptOps can quickly deploy an economic guardrail across the entire cloud infrastructure, which shuts down unnecessary instances (possibly those tagged as development machines)during non-business hours. This is just one example of several that can help automatically keep the entire cloud infrastructure operating efficiently. Test an economic assessment in your environment for free.

#3 – Legal and Regulatory (26%)

Many organizations stressed legal and regulatory concerns with storing data and other applications in the cloud. With the cloud being a new frontier for many, legal and regulatory departments are looking for ways to keep the organization in step with compliance requirements.

  • How DisruptOps can help: DisruptOps comes with built-in cloud compliance assessments and reports helping organizations substantiate their security posture for compliance purposes. DisruptOps provides organizations having to support multi-cloud and multi-account environments with a means to ensure their entire cloud infrastructure adheres to best practices, such as the CIS Benchmarks. Set-up a free 14-day trial of DisruptOps and run a CIS compliance assessment across your cloud infrastructure today!

#4 – Lack of Staff (26%)

There has long-been a growing imbalance of qualified staff to workload ratio, and it only seems to keep accelerating in the wrong direction. Given the specialized expertise required to manage and secure the cloud, the skills gap threatens to impact the ability for organizations to continue cloud adoption. Organizations really have no choice but to turn to software and automation to address this gap.

  • How DisruptOps can help: DisruptOps provides security teams with access to the best cloud security practices available on the market today. Developed by cloud experts with decades of security research and experience, each assessment and guardrail implemented on the DisruptOps platform is built and tested by a community of cloud security professionals, empowering DisruptOps customers with the experience and effectiveness of seasoned-vets. Test it out, configure a cloud security best practice guardrail up in your AWS account today and see the power and efficiency that DisruptOps can bring to your environment.
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About the Author: Ty Murphy

Ty Murphy
As the Director of Marketing at DisruptOps, Ty oversees all the corporate and digital product marketing initiatives for the company. Previously, Ty helped start-up the 2nd largest value added cybersecurity reseller in Kansas City, before managing the global marketing efforts for an Israeli-based security automation company. Ty brings over a decade of enterprise software security marketing experience to DisruptOps. Outside of work, Ty is an aspiring golf enthusiast and enjoys time outside with his family and traveling to the beach.

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