New survey indicates more than two-thirds of European organisations are planning to adopt Zero Trust architecture to strengthen their security posture

New survey indicates more than two-thirds of European organisations are planning to adopt Zero Trust architecture to strengthen their security posture

PR Newswire

READING, England, Sept. 29, 2020

The shift to home working has left enterprises more vulnerable, Cloud security becomes top priority and Zero Trust gains acceptance

READING, England, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Insecure devices, phishing schemes and data breaches are on the rise, according to a survey from Gigamon, the global leader in visibility and analytics for the hybrid cloud. The findings, set against the current digital and economic climate, reveal the coming challenges IT and security decision makers face, their top priorities for the next 12 months and specifically, their attitudes towards the adoption of Zero Trust. 

When it came to assessing current issues IT and security decision makers are facing, the survey revealed that the security landscape has become more menacing with about 84% of respondents having seen a rise in threats since the start of 2020. The main issues were:

In addition to facing external threats, respondents also cited supporting digital transformation and challenges from within the organisation as their biggest IT and security challenges expected over the next 12 months to three years:

Following closely in terms of concerns were the increase in data and applications to monitor and protect (36%) and managing a complex working landscape (35%). This highlights a myriad of operational issues IT teams are dealing with on a daily basis.

What's more, with the network constantly evolving and infrastructure under increasing strain, IT teams are looking to make new investments to future-proof their organisation despite lower budgets and uncertainty (36%). This is reflected by respondents citing that keeping developments safe and secure in the Cloud was their top priority for the rest of this year (44%).

Zero Trust Adopted as Strategy to Secure the Network 

When asked about their knowledge of the Zero Trust security framework, most survey respondents (89%) had a high overall awareness of Zero Trust, with 67% adopting or planning to adopt the framework. The top reasons for implementing Zero Trust were to:

Over three in five (61%) believed Zero Trust would enhance their IT strategy, while a further 30% believed it would underpin their strategy.

Interestingly, the survey found that company culture and employee behaviour were both a motivator behind starting on a Zero Trust journey and a barrier. As seen, Shadow IT and employee education were cited as top challenges facing respondents, signalling that businesses may look to adopt a Zero Trust architecture to minimise the risk of the insider threat. Conversely, 65% of respondents who decided not to adopt the framework cited wrong company culture as the top reason behind this decision and getting employees on board (28%) was named the most important thing to have in place before starting the journey towards Zero Trust.

Bassam Khan, VP Product & Technical Marketing Engineering at Gigamon, commented on the findings:

"This research dives into issues that IT and security professionals face, the causes of these issues and frameworks IT is adopting, following a major global shift in how work gets done. With rapid changes and an ever-growing attack surface, IT and security teams are beginning to rely on a solid framework to better manage risks."

"The fact Zero Trust had both high awareness and high adoption as an initiative demonstrates its increasing prominence in the industry. We can see that perceptions of Zero Trust have considerably changed, as 86% of those surveyed said that Zero Trust had/could have helped their business as it deals with the impacts of the current global situation. What's more, 78% of the companies surveyed agreed it would have a positive effect on security without compromising productivity, showing its viability in today's digital infrastructure."

The report also looked at whether Zero Trust was a board level issue, with almost a third of respondents (30%) agreeing that Zero Trust should 'absolutely be discussed at board level'; for 24% it should 'be a priority at any boardroom table given the current climate'.  

Khan concluded:

"With digital strategies pivoting to accommodate the economic uncertainty and unprecedented change caused by the new normal, security is only going to become a more prominent topic at the C-level. It's interesting to see that elements of the Zero Trust journey are already being discussed, and hopefully this will continue, as board support is vital for the implementation and success of any Zero Trust initiative."

To find out more or download the report, please visit our website.

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About Gigamon

Gigamon is the first company to deliver unified network visibility and analytics on all information-in-transit, from raw packets to apps, across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure. We aggregate, transform and analyse network traffic to solve for critical performance and security needs, including rapid threat detection and response, freeing your organisation to drive digital innovation. Gigamon has been awarded over 75 technology patents and enjoys industry-leading customer satisfaction with more than 3,000 organisations, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100 and hundreds of government and educational organisations worldwide. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Gigamon operates globally. For the full story on how Gigamon can help you to run fast, stay secure and optimise, please visit www.gigamon.com and follow us on Twitter @gigamon.

Contacts:
Holly Abbott
Say Communications for Gigamon
gigamon@saycomms.co.uk
+44 (0) 7825 337 407

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