The COVID-19 crisis has a profound impact on just about every business, and for cloud engineering and security teams, the rapid and near universal transition to 100% work-from-home has created significant new cloud security risks. Our State of Cloud Security Report, based on our industry survey conducted in late March, showed that 84% of IT professionals are worried about new cloud security vulnerabilities created during the pandemic.
And at Fugue, we can verify that these trends are translating into cloud security product usage. We’ve seen a big surge in cloud resources under management with Fugue since the start of the crisis.
The 49% increase is the result of existing Fugue customers extending their use of Fugue to protect more cloud environments and new adoption of all three Fugue product plans — Enterprise, Team, and Developer, a free plan for individual engineers. Companies in heavily-regulated industries such as health care and finance, as well as SaaS companies that must prove SOC-2 compliance, are leading this growth in cloud security product usage.
“Knowing your cloud infrastructure is secure and being able to prove compliance at any time was already a major challenge, even for the most sophisticated cloud customers. The crisis has compounded the problem as cloud usage spiked and work from home access skyrocketed, prompting security and engineering teams to seek better visibility into their cloud security posture and prevent the kinds of misconfiguration vulnerabilities that put their data at risk.”
- Phillip Merrick, CEO of Fugue.
The problem is straining already overextended cloud engineering teams, who are looking for new ways to get better visibility into their cloud security posture, eliminate misconfiguration, and automate compliance reporting. The National Security Agency stated that “misconfiguration of cloud resources remains the most prevalent cloud vulnerability and can be exploited to access cloud data and services.”