Delinea RSA Survey Reveals Cloud Security Top Concern in 2022

Delinea, a provider of privileged access management (PAM) solutions for seamless security, announced the results of its anonymous onsite survey of cybersecurity professionals attending the RSA Conference, which ended Thursday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The survey of more than 100 cybersecurity professionals asked attendees about their top concerns for cybersecurity in 2022, and where they stand when it comes to cyber insurance and cyber hygiene practices.

Notably, the survey’s results show cloud security (37 percent) is the main cybersecurity concern in 2022, more than ransomware (19 percent) and remote workers (17 percent).

“Protecting digital assets in the cloud is becoming priority number one, reflecting a more proactive approach to cybersecurity,” said Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and advisory CISO at Delinea. “As businesses become more reliant on the cloud for infrastructure, application development, and business process automation, security skills and solutions need to keep up. Securing privileged access to cloud infrastructure and workloads before attackers take advantage is imperative.”

The survey also revealed that 80 percent of respondents say their organizations have not been breached in the past 12 months. This response may be due to the increased cyber hygiene practiced among employees. For example, the survey found that 59 percent of respondents claim to not use the same password on multiple accounts and nearly two-thirds (66 percent) state they use multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever available.

“Passwords should never be the only security control for accessing critical systems, applications, and privileges,” Carson said. “By implementing MFA controls, it adds an extra layer of protection, should an attacker be able to compromise a password. MFA should be required not only at system log-in but also at the point of horizontal and vertical privilege elevation.”

When asked about incident response readiness, cyber insurance factored prominently with 41 percent of respondents saying their organizations have or is strongly considering arming themselves with cyber insurance.

Delinea polled more than 100 random RSA conference participants. For more information, visit Delinea.