Security surpasses availability as top priority in app services; report

F5 Networks' 2017 State of Application Delivery report highlights organisations are concerned about the disruption moving to the cloud

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Security surpasses availability as top priority in app services; report Ryan Kearny, CTO, F5 Networks
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 5, 2017

F5 Networks has revealed that for the first time, security concerns have become the top priority for application deployments as more organisations move to the cloud.

From the "2017 State of Application Delivery" report revealed that the highest area of investment for 2017 in EMEA was the use of on-premise private clouds at 46%. Almost 48% of respondents stated the private cloud would have the most importance to their organisation in the next two to five years, and 76% of their apps would be in the cloud by 2017.

A further 61% of respondents also cited that the most important security feature was that the cloud should offer the same level of security and auditability as other on-premises services. Globally, four out of five respondents indicated they are adopting hybrid cloud models, however 25% said that the main challenge here is maintaining consistent security policies across multiple environments.

Ryan Kearny, CTO, F5 Networks, said: "Businesses are putting their money where their strategy is when it comes to cloud. There are still challenges to overcome but the global shift to embrace hybrid scenario clearly shows a growing recognition that agility and speed can be achieved without compromising security, provided there are consistent policies and solutions in place."

Additionally security vigilance is required as security teams expand beyond traditional firewalls and legacy enterprise perimeters. The report indicated that 64% said the top security challenges cited were the rise in sophistication of attacks, followed by 53% citing that employees underestimate the impact of not following security policies and 32% admit a lack of IT security skills and training within the organisation is challenging.

"This past year, not a week went by without some hack or vulnerability making the headlines," added Kearny. "And yet there is no sign that security breaches are slowing digital transformation. Our report shows how the sometimes-competing demands of customer and data protection inform companies' deployment of apps and app services, and can usher in security best practice at a time when it's needed most."

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