According to the latest research by Aqua Security, nearly 70% of chief information security officers (CISOs) believe open source security solutions provide a faster way to secure their environments. Likewise, 78% of CISOs believe open source solutions provide them with access to the best and most current innovations in cloud security, and more than 60% actively prefer to work with vendors who build open source projects.
The survey also evaluated CISO perspectives on risks and security approaches for software security and cloud native environments. According to the report, 87% of the respondents agree that securing the full application lifecycle — including infrastructure, application code and workloads — is critical, and 84% agree that automated security checks across the software supply chain can actually accelerate software delivery.
More than two-thirds of CISOs agree that the easiest first step to securing production workloads is to begin with an inventory and assessment of the entire environment (68%). Using a single source of truth for cloud security is favored by 69% of the CISOs, who value it for cutting down on friction between different teams in application development.
Among other findings, the study shows that 88% of CISOs prioritize both active protection and visibility for workloads as necessary to reduce business risk. In fact, 9 out of 10 believe that active protection is a critical element of cloud native security.
The report is based on a survey of 100 U.S.-based CISOs at Fortune 1000 or larger companies representing a cross-section of industries.