The cybersecurity skills gap caused 40% of IT pros to stall their cloud migrations

Though virtually all organizations are moving some assets to the cloud, a lack of cybersecurity talent is slowing migration for 40% of IT professionals, according to a new report from McAfee. Of the 1,400 IT professionals surveyed worldwide, 97% said their organization is using some type of cloud service—up from 93% last year. However, those with a cloud-first strategy dropped from 82% in 2017 to 65% in 2018, the report found.

The cybersecurity skills shortage has actually improved over last year, when 49% of IT leaders said that they were slowing cloud migrations, the report found. Interestingly, those with a cloud-first strategy were almost twice as likely to have slowed adoption than those without such a strategy. Private-only cloud operators were more likely to report experiencing skills shortages, and more likely to have slowed their adoption, which helps to explain the continued shift to hybrid cloud.

Read more about the findings of the new report from McAfee on TechRepublic.

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