Insight from The State of Cybersecurity: 2020 Trends

October 13, 2020

The number of data breaches is rising. The time it takes to detect them is growing. And to make matters worse40% of organizations are suffering from alert fatigue. 

It’s not an easy time to stand up against the threat of cyberattacks, even though it’s more vital than ever to do so. And as COVID-19 keeps changing how the business world operates, IT teams have entered an increasingly challenging environment 

With those factors in mind, we wanted to gauge the security challenges businesses and enterprises are currently facing. We set out to hear directly from those on the front lines. That’s why we conducted a survey of 105 decision makers in IT and technology roles in the United States and Canada. Our findings were released in The State of Cybersecurity: 2020 Trends.

The feedback? We're living in a noisy and chaotic threat landscape.  

Today's Biggest Cybersecurity Concerns

Inside the guide, we share top trends that have emerged within the industry. Let's take a look at one of the most pressing:

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Cybersecurity Trend No. 5 


Organizations are shifting valuable, sensitive data to the cloud; unfortunately, they’re not turning their attention to cloud security at the same rate. That has consequences—nearly 90 percent of hacking-related breaches involve web applications, by far exceeding other vectors. 

Our survey showed that most small enterprises don’t have systems in place to protect their cloud infrastructure and applications. Only a third of respondents said they use cloud and SaaS monitoring tools, while 10 percent have implemented cloud security posture management (CSPM). 

Looking ahead, only 25 percent of surveyed organizations plan to implement new or upgraded SaaS security solutions, and only 15 percent have CSPM on their 2020 roadmap. 

These findings are concerning. It’s true that cloud security has come a long way from its early days. Native cloud security tools provide vastly improved protection. However, the survey confirms that this has instilled a false sense of security—and protecting data in the cloud is a shared responsibility with cloud providers. Even if the underlying infrastructure has robust security, it’s up to the organization to ensure secure use of the infrastructure. 

To discover the seven other security trends, download the full State of Cybersecurity: 2020 guide to find detailed survey results. In addition,  find accompanying stats, graphs, and key analysis, including information on:   

  • Two concerns IT teams are even more worried about than data breaches. 
  • Why the technology stack is missing key elements 
  • The percent of organizations planning on making remote work a permanent option.  
  • The top five business objectives that align most closely with teams’ cybersecurity objectives.  
  • What respondents chose as their top security solution  

For even more detailed insight and unique analysis from our security operations experts, check out our recent webinar

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