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According to a new report by Valtix, 95% of IT leaders believe Log4Shell was a major wake-up call for cloud security and transformed it forever. The report highlights key trends in post-Log4Shell cloud workload security, including insights into patching efforts and business implications, that continue into 2022.
In 2021, Log4Shell was exploited and shook the entire global cybersecurity landscape. The humble piece of open-source software — ubiquitous with enterprise applications and cloud services — quickly became a concern for IT teams, executives, and boards of directors scrambling to protect their most valuable data, systems, and platforms.
The study found that 87% feel less confident about their cloud security now than they did before the incident. The study also found that even 3 months after the incident, 77% of IT leaders are still dealing with Log4J patching, with 83% stating that Log4Shell impacted their ability to meet business needs. Most organizations still lack a clear view of their cloud environment, leaving many IT leaders in the dark as to what is actually happening in that environment. And after the Log4Shell incident, cloud visibility is more important than ever.
Log4J has woken up the IT world and made business leaders aware of just how fragile their defenses in the cloud really are. While public clouds offer new opportunities for business modernization and transformation, many organizations struggle to find a cloud security operating model that is designed for a more dynamic, distributed, and exposed environment than their legacy data center. IT and security leaders are in a precarious position as they want to stay engaged with Log4J while investing in cloud security technology that will help them be prepared for the next incident.
In March 2022, Valtix worked with an independent research firm to survey 200 leading cloud security experts in the US to better understand how the incident changed the way IT teams look at their cloud workloads after Log4Shell and to back up.
Read Valtix’s full report.
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