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Around 70% of Asia Pacific security teams identify cloud as primary cybersecurity risk: report

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Asia Pacific – Following the recent threats to cybersafety across the region, a recent study conducted by Tenable revealed that seven in ten security teams in Asia Pacific perceive cloud infrastructures as their primary cybersecurity risk.

According to the report, 46% of respondents from the Asia-Pacific region reported a lack of sufficient visibility into potential misconfigurations within their cloud infrastructure.

This data is further emphasised given that 57% of APAC respondents express concerns about the absence of data hygiene in user data and vulnerability management systems, hindering employees from making prioritisation decisions.

In addition, it also underscores a crucial organisational gap, pointing to the delayed participation of cybersecurity teams in the selection and deployment of cloud services. Particularly, only 31% of teams in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region were consulted at an early stage.

This is moreover compounded by instances where almost two out of five (37%) respondents say that business and engineering teams acquire and implement cloud services without informing cybersecurity teams. This highlights the imperative for earlier and more integrated cybersecurity involvement in organisational decision-making.

Speaking about the report, Nigel Ng, VP at Tenable in APAC and Japan, shared, “By anticipating and addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, organisations can significantly enhance their resilience against cyber threats. This shift is not just about technology; it’s about transforming the way we think about and manage cloud security.”

The study was conducted through an online survey in March 2023, with the participation of 825 IT and cybersecurity professionals. This also includes 219 APAC-based respondents from large enterprises in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Mexico, India, Brazil, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

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