The Benefits—and Challenges—of Improving Cloud Visibility

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Cloud Visibility- As the cloud becomes the new normal for organizations of all sizes, there are a number of challenges, one of the biggest being visibility. Some organizations do not know what they’re got running in the cloud, or how it got there.

Multiple studies in recent months have reported glaring holes in cloud visibility. An Axonius-sponsored study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) found that 75% of surveyed organizations have experienced serious cloud virtual machine security incidents as a result of poor cloud visibility.

Nathan Burke, chief marketing officer of Axonius, told ITPro Today that a key finding in the study was that IT complexity is on the rise due to a variety of factors, including a growing number of devices and remote workers. That said, the No. 1 reason why IT complexity is on the rise is due to public cloud visibility, he said.

As the cloud becomes the new normal for organizations of all sizes, there are a number of challenges, one of the biggest being visibility. Some organizations do not know what they’re got running in the cloud, or how it got there.

Multiple studies in recent months have reported glaring holes in cloud visibility. An Axonius-sponsored study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) found that 75% of surveyed organizations have experienced serious cloud virtual machine security incidents as a result of poor cloud visibility.

Nathan Burke, chief marketing officer of Axonius, told ITPro Today that a key finding in the study was that IT complexity is on the rise due to a variety of factors, including a growing number of devices and remote workers. That said, the No. 1 reason why IT complexity is on the rise is due to public cloud visibility, he said.

“It takes seconds to launch something—anyone can do it. And that’s what we see every day,” Burke said.

Burke cited a number of reasons for complexity, including the fact that it’s easy for anyone to spin up a cloud instance and then just forget about. The sophistication of cloud configuration options is another key visibility challenge.

The Shadow of Shadow IT on Cloud Visibility

So how did we get here? A lot of the challenge of cloud visibility has to do with strategy, or rather lack thereof, according to Jesse Stockall, chief architect of cloud management at Snow Software.

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