Y IS MULTI-CLOUD
ROSS THE EMEA
“Inflexible, one-size-fits-all solutions won’t work anymore in the
cloud, so it is encouraging to see that per-application strategies are
becoming more widespread in EMEA,” said Brett Ley, Senior EMEA
Cloud Director, F5 Networks.
“Every application is unique and serves a specific function, such as
finance, sales, or production. Each will have end-users that scale
from less than 100 to into the millions. And each has a different risk
exposure that can span from a breach being simply embarrassing to
costing the business billions of dollars’ worth of damage.”
A total of 33% of EMEA organisations cited regulatory
compliance as the biggest challenge when managing
applications in multi-cloud environments, which was once again
higher than any other region and partly due to complexities
stemming from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Other pressing concerns included applying consistent security
policies across all applications (30%), safeguarding against
emerging threats (28%) and migrating applications between
clouds and data centres (28%).
When it comes to security postures, respondents reported lower
confidence levels in their ability to withstand an application-layer
attack in the public cloud (only 15% were ‘very confident’ they could
do so), versus in an on-premises data centre (30%) or via colocation
The cloud security challenge is further exacerbated by a growing
industry skill gap: as many as 66% of EMEA organisations believe
they lack necessary security talent going forward. America is closely
behind with 65% having claimed the same. The problem was most
pronounced in the APJC region where it was an issue for 76%.