Firms in APAC, ME, Africa mindful of cloud security as pandemic lingers

Digital transformation and cloud security (79%) are the chart-topping topics enterprises want to know more about, especially as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, according to a survey that paves the way for Trend Micro’s CLOUDSEC 2020 conference to be held November 24-26.

Covering 2,064 business and IT decision makers across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, the survey also showed that other top concerns were threat and vulnerability research (62%) and risk and compliance (49%),

The survey shows that they most frequently grapple with the inability to detect and respond to advanced threats (32%), which have seen a sharp increase since the pandemic started in the first quarter of the year; and the perennial shortage of security skills (32%), as cybercrimes become more sophisticated and security operations, more complex.

Other common challenges include getting cloud security automation and configuration right (31%); asking for more budget for cybersecurity (28%); obtaining complete visibility of threat vectors across the entire organisation (26%); and constantly having to justify cybersecurity investment (25%).

When it comes to acquiring hands-on experiences, respondents are most looking forward to learning about automated security and compliance posture remediation (68%), indicating that many of them are already operating in the cloud environment and are dealing with misconfiguration-led cybersecurity issues.

Respondents are also interested in tackling real-life scenarios that pertain to web application protection and serverless security (63%), a sign that many of them are further along the cloud journey. 

The third most sought-after hands-on topic revolves around deploying network-based virtual patches and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) (52%), showing that system vulnerabilities continue to be a major headache for security teams across the board.

This is the tenth anniversary of the CLOUDSEC conference and it goes completely virtual this year. Across three full days, the event will welcome keynote speakers from industry-defining companies including Amazon Web Services (AWS), DXC Technology, Dyson, IAG, IBM, IDC, Infosys, IKEA, LINE, Lotte, Proficio, Snyk, a mysterious ethical hacker, and a prominent UAE bank.

“The tech industry is one of the few that have not faltered under the weight of the pandemic,” said Dhanya Thakkar, SVP of Trend Micro in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.“It goes to show the importance of technology on business operations.”