Hybrid IT Security Maturity across Organizations
The average maturity level of organizations leveraging a hybrid IT model is 2.45 out of 4—leaving significant room for improvement.
3 Key Takeaway
1. The majority of IT leaders are adopting both on- and o-premises infrastructure—but haven’t secured both cohesively.
2. IT leaders must future-proof their security strategies for hybrid IT. Especially for remote access.
3. IT teams must improve measurement of technical debt to boost hybrid IT security.
The majority of IT leaders are adopting both on- and o-premises infrastructure—but haven’t secured both cohesively.
The vast majority of companies (89%) are using a hybrid infrastructure model.Today, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure (76%) have overtaken on-premises infrastructure (65%) as the most common method used to deploy IT systems. However, the vast majority of companies (89%) are using a hybrid infrastructure model.
While hybrid IT prevails today, security leaders scored only 1.92 out of 4 on their methods to secure access to their hybrid resources.
As well, though 65% of respondents say they currently use on-premises infrastructure, the most common security strategies they use to protect these systems meet a maturity level of only 2.19 out of 4.
IT leaders must future-proof their security strategies for hybrid IT, especially for remote access
As IT and security leaders continue to enable remote work, users will access resources from a variety of locations. However, the strategies these companies have in place to secure remote access rate a maturity score of only 2.22 out of 4.
Future-proofing is the most common challenge barring executives from improving their hybrid IT security. Across the board, respondents scored an average of 2.66 out of 4 for their security challenges.
Most professionals agree: Adopting unified security is the right future-proof security strategy for the Hybrid IT (40%).
IT teams must improve measurement of technical debt to boost hybrid IT security.
As organizations adopt more technologies, security cohesiveness is key for keeping hybrid IT safe. But this can be challenging when businesses carry technical debt and are far behind on patches, security maintenance, and protection against the latest threats. Currently, the majority of user data and credentials are stored in a combination of on- and off- premises systems, leading to a wide sprawl of data.