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Cloud services under great risk of security issues amid Covid-19

In its survey of more than 200 IT security professionals, AppOmni has highlighted security concerns of cloud SaaS applications. According to this survey, 66 percent of organizations seem worried about facing technical issues with their enterprise public SaaS application. Many businesses have adopted SaaS in their transition to remote work technologies amid Covid-19. With an increase in the adoption of SaaS applications, managing and securing these applications is important.

Over 90 percent of respondents have recently received additional responsibilities and two-thirds have less time to effectively manage and secure SaaS applications, as per the survey. Additionally, 68 percent of respondents rely on manual efforts to detect data exposures. 52 percent of respondents said that their biggest challenge with existing cloud security solutions is their reactive nature.

Additional key findings of the report:

  • 93 percent of respondents have received more responsibilities due to COVID-19.
  • 66 percent of respondents experienced reduced time to spend on management and security of SaaS due to the shift to remote work.
  • 68 percent of respondents rely on manual efforts to detect data exposures.

“Due to COVID-19, IT teams are struggling to keep up with massive changes to day-to-day operations and the accelerated rate of cloud adoption associated with a remote and virtual workforce. This highlights the need for companies to work to better secure their current SaaS applications given that 90 percent of the respondents we surveyed noted that their usage of SaaS applications have increased in adoption since the beginning of the pandemic. These days, more organizations are investing in preventative solutions and gaining visibility into their cloud attack surface than ever before. Even post COVID-19, businesses will need to offer remote work opportunities to stay competitive. Now is the time to implement a hybrid working strategy that includes mission-critical SaaS applications. Companies that wait until it’s too late are going to find themselves behind the curve, making them easy targets for attackers,” said Brendan O’Connor, CEO, AppOmni

AppOmni is the provider of SaaS Security Posture Management (SSPM).