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Strata Identity Report Finds Most Enterprises Will Use Three or More Clouds in 12 Months, but Only 25% Can Discover Access Policies

2022 State of Multi-Cloud Identity Report Reveals Data Privacy and Identity Management Risks Top Concerns for More than Two-Thirds of Enterprises

Strata Identity, the Identity Orchestration for multi-cloud company, today announced the findings of its second annual State of Multi-Cloud Identity Report which was conducted by Osterman Research.

The study found that 82% of organizations with $1B or more in revenue use three or more clouds, up from 66% last year. With the majority of companies (70%) using two or more identity systems, 75% of respondents said they lack the ability to easily discover all existing access policies. Their top two multi-cloud concerns were data privacy (77%) and managing siloed identities (66%).

“Distributed identities across scattered identity silos result in inconsistent policies when people are accessing apps, posing significant security and data privacy risks,” said Michael Sampson, senior analyst for Osterman Research. “Poor visibility of existing access policies means enterprises are flying blind— they do not know where apps are hosted, nor who has access to their data. In our opinion, the rapid adoption of multi-cloud is elevating this problem to critical status.”

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“StrataIdentity 2022 State of Multi-Cloud Identity Report finds most enterprises will use three or more clouds in 12 months, but only 25% can discover access policies. While data privacy and identity management risks are top concerns.”

Report Highlights

The State of Multi-Cloud Identity Report 2022 focuses on four key areas: adoption, legacy technical debt, modernization, and policy orchestration. Some of the key findings include:

  • 82% of enterprises with $1B or more in revenue currently use three or more clouds, up from 66% last year.
  • Among smaller enterprises, 49% currently use three or more clouds. In 12 months, three or more clouds are expected to be used by 95% of large enterprises and 58% of smaller ones.
  • Data privacy (77%) and managing identities across multiple clouds (66%) are the two top-ranked barriers preventing organizations from achieving their desired perfect target state of apps deployed in the cloud.
  • 70% of enterprises use two or more identity systems, and only 30% use a single system to manage workforce identity while 47% use two, 16% use three, and 7% use four or more.
  • More than 75% of enterprises do not have the tools to easily discover all existing access policies, and cited as very important the ability to ensure IAM policies are consistent across all cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) and across the technology stack (applications, platform, data and network).

“Multi-cloud is forcing organizations to rely on manual identity management integration efforts, which only provide limited visibility and weak controls,” said Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity. “Identity Orchestration software offers the missing link to future-proofing identity architectures, removing dependencies between apps and specific identity providers, and enforcing consistent runtime access policies for apps across multiple clouds.”

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