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Pandemic has accelerated shift to cloud-based cybersecurity

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused businesses to shift towards cloud-based security (opens in new tab) at a much higher pace than originally anticipated, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The report states that providing secure remote access to resources, apps, and data is perceived as the single greatest challenge for security leaders nowadays. To tackle the threat, businesses everywhere are moving to cloud-based technologies (opens in new tab) and zero trust architectures.

In the longer-term, almost four in ten businesses will prioritize investments in Cloud Security (Cloud Access Security Broker, Cloud Workload Protection Platform, Cloud Security Posture Management), followed by Data & Information Security (28 percent) and anti-phishing tools (26 percent).

“The bottom line is that the pandemic is clearly accelerating the digital transformation of cyber-security,” wrote Andrew Conway, General Manager for Microsoft Security.

Microsoft also reported that an “alarming number” of businesses are still affected by phishing scams related to Covid-19. These problems are further exacerbated by security budget constraints and problems hiring skilled staff.

Despite security expertise coming at a premium, 80 percent of companies are said to be looking to recruit security professionals in response to Covid-19.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.