Organizations are flocking to the cloud to spur innovation that drives growth, while benefitting from better operational efficiencies and scalability. However, it’s important to recognize and understand how to effectively protect web applications and data in the cloud, as it requires a different strategy than in on-premises environments.
This raises the question: How do organizations measure the success of their cloud adoption initiatives? And what does it take to meet target returns on investment (ROI)?
In an independent, commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Alert Logic, Forrester finds that the Security-as-a-Service model helps many organizations avoid the costs and risks of moving to the cloud, and simultaneously speeds up ROI. With cloud adoption now a must for any organization seeking to gain an edge, it’s worth taking a look at Forrester’s findings and their relevance.
Steady Cloud Computing Growth Predicted
Growth in the public cloud market remains steady, with Gartner predicting the market to grow 18% this year to a total of $246.8 billion globally, up from $209.2 billion in 2016.
Equally noteworthy is a Microsoft study conducted by 451 Research, showing that public cloud/Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) ranks third among infrastructure services most likely to be adopted within the next year. A full 60% of more than 1,700 IT leaders surveyed report plans to move to IaaS.
Cloud Computing Advantages vs. Risks
The cloud drives innovation across all business functions and requires a rethinking of cloud security best practices to effectively secure web applications and workloads in the cloud.
Among these is the inability of traditional security approaches to support organizations’ growing dependency on web applications and mix of cloud architectures, platforms and frameworks. With many conventional solutions focused on perimeter security and endpoints, cloud applications and data are left vulnerable.
Managing these risks is a challenge, with participants in the Forrester study citing difficulties such as keeping pace with changing threats, providing 24/7 cyber security monitoring on a global scale, and managing proliferating log files across the IT infrastructure.
Adding to these challenges is navigating complex regulatory environments; specifically, obtaining ISO 27001 certification and demonstrating compliance with standards such as SOX, HIPAA AND PCI.
Security-as-a-Service addresses these challenges — enabling businesses to leverage outside expertise to improve their cloud security posture, proactively monitor their environment for attacks, expand their defenses and scale security without adding more staff or new tools.
Forrester’s study found that an organization can gain a 348% return using an Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution, with customer interviews revealing improvements in three main areas:
- Staffing: Security-as-a-Service is more cost-effective than hiring and training in-house staff, and it frees you from worrying about infosec talent shortages. With Security-as-a-Service, you get continuous support from experts as needed.
- Revenue: Alert Logic’s capabilities allow your organization to obtain ISO 27001 certifications months sooner, accelerating customer acquisition and revenue growth.
- Infrastructure: Security-as-a-Service eliminates security infrastructure cloud costs, such as storage hardware, saving tens of thousands of dollars.
The Alert Logic Approach
Through proprietary research and cyber threat intelligence, Alert Logic focuses deeply on understanding the attack surface and vulnerabilities comprehensively across each layer of an enterprise’s application and infrastructure stack. The integration of these insights with global cyber threat intelligence drive our actionable threat assessment, detection, blocking, and compliance solutions.
Designed specifically for cloud and hybrid environments, Alert Logic’s integrated solution bridges the on-premises and cloud environments with a single cyber security solution that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of security operations while reducing the costs of scaling security for the cloud.
To learn how your organization can improve security ROI, download a free copy of the Forrester study, The Total Economic ImpactTM of Alert Logic Security-As-A-Service.