Centrify, a provider of Identity-Centric Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions, partnered with CensusWide to explore the state of enterprise IT landscapes six months into the global pandemic. The research revealed that nearly half of IT decision-makers’ companies had to accelerate their cloud migration plans (48%) and IT modernization overall (49%) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maintaining flexibility/security for remote work (38%) and digitizing more processes using cloud-native services (36%) remain the top two modernization priorities for the next 12 months. Nearly 60% of companies had to review and adjust their cybersecurity postures and supporting tools due to the sudden shift to a decentralized or distributed workforce.
Challenges of Distributed Workforce
- Downtime or unexpected outages (59%)
- Attempted breaches (23%)
- Data loss (21%)
- Phishing attacks (17%)
- Insider threats (13%)
- Ransomware (11%)
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and there is no better time to take stock of how organizations are staying ahead of digital transformation by migrating to the cloud, which introduces new attack surfaces that require granular access control. Our research shows that enterprises are learning from the pandemic and that the availability and flexibility gained in the cloud are must-haves in the new reality. This revelation will inform the world’s IT and security decisions long after COVID-19 diminishes at threat level.
– Flint Brenton, President and CEO of Centrify.
Complete results of the survey are available at http://bit.ly/CENSurvey.
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