…Cloud-based or On-premises Security Technologies?
Cybersecurity professionals are paid to be paranoid and tend to want to control everything they can to minimize surprises or third-party dependencies This has always been the case with regards to security technology. Historically, CISOs mistrusted managed services, preferring instead to “own” the deployment and operations associated with their security technologies.
While cultural attitudes toward security control remain today, demand- and supply-side changes are influencing new security technology decisions.
On the demand-side, CISOs are coping with a global cybersecurity skills shortage. According to research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the skills shortage has an impact on around 70% of organizations, increasing the workload on security teams and forcing them to focus the bulk of their attention on high priority alerts only. This means that while CISOs may want to “own” everything, they don’t have the resources to do so.
On the supply-side, vendors like CrowdStrike, Proofpoint, and Zscaler tend to eschew on-premises offerings, opting instead for cloud-based SaaS security technologies. Other security technology vendors have quickly followed suit. This means that innovation and flexible solutions are migrating to the cloud.
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