Survey highlights web application security challenge due to rapid cloud adoption as 68% of respondents report cyberattacks
- 68% of Australian respondents report being targeted by a cyberattack at least once, highlighting a serious global security challenge.
- Six hours a week spent on preventing and managing cyberattacks
26% of Australian participants say application security provided by cloud infrastructure is insufficient.
- Loss of customers and a potential temporary shutdown of mission-critical applications are top concerns in relation to a successful cyberattack in Australia
Australian respondents understand the need to protect applications that can be accessed by external users (86%), involve e-commerce or PII (82%), or can be accessed via mobile devices (88%).
Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report titled Securing Your Apps in the Borderless Cloud. The report takes an in-depth look at public cloud adoption trends, network and application vulnerabilities, and a variety of related security concerns amid rapid cloud adoption.
The survey, commissioned by Barracuda and conducted by independent market researcher Vanson Bourne, includes responses from 750 IT decision-makers globally who are responsible for their organisation’s cloud infrastructure of which 250 were in APAC. They came from organisations of all sizes and across a broad range of sectors.
The report highlights the rising security challenge and associated costs in Australia. Overall, cyberattacks in all geographic regions have increased by about 20% since 2017. In Australia, 68% of respondents report being targeted by a cyberattack at least once, with 38% saying they have been attacked between two and five times. Another 28% are not aware of falling victim to cyberattacks. Organisations spend between one and two days per week on average preventing and managing cyberattacks. Time spent on this work is high in Australia, an average of six hours.
More than one third (36%) of Australian participants do not feel they are fully protected in the cloud and data loss is front of mind. Despite the growing confidence in public cloud in general, 92% of Australian respondents have added or plan to add extra security measures to their public cloud deployments. Half of Australian respondents are worried about losing sensitive, mission-critical data (50%). In addition to data loss, crippled day-to-day operations due to temporary shutdown of mission-critical applications (54%), and lost customers (60%) are top security concerns to Australian participants about a successful cyberattack.
Most organisations realise the potential risks of application vulnerabilities and understand the need to protect applications. Twenty-six per cent of Australian respondents say application security provided by the cloud infrastructure providers is insufficient and believe that they need to add protection for applications that can be accessed by external users (86%), involve e-commerce or PII (82%), or can be accessed via mobile devices (88%).
“As applications are rapidly becoming the most exploited threat vector, these security concerns underscore the importance to safeguard data with confidence by eliminating application vulnerabilities and stopping data breaches.” said Mark Lukie, Sales Engineer Manager APAC, Barracuda. “By deploying a strong and secure web application firewall (WAF), organisations can be reassured about public cloud security and take advantage of all the business benefits inherent in leveraging the cloud.” he added
Download the full report: https://www.barracuda.com/apac-report/