In the face of cloud and network security vulnerabilities, businesses are resorting to zero trust
FREMONT, CA: According to a new study, organizations are resorting to zero trust in the face of cloud and network security vulnerabilities. In order to better navigate the remote world brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing digital transformation projects, llumio has revealed new data from a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting. In September 2021, a Forrester survey of decision-makers at large organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) indicated that more than 75 percent of those polled cited Zero Trust as critical to combating rising security risks.
The study also found that teams are still catching up on crucial efforts, over 60 percent of respondents said they were unprepared for the rapid speed of cloud transformation and migration and are increasingly resorting to Zero Trust and micro-segmentation to better adapt to today's hybrid realities. Furthermore, the research revealed that security leaders believe that organizational benefits from advanced Zero Trust programmes include enhanced organizational agility by 52 percent, safer cloud migrations 50 percent, and support for digital transformation by 48 percent.
The adoption of Zero Trust will continue to grow, with 78 percent of companies aiming to expand their Zero Trust security operations in the coming year. Implementing Zero Trust technology can close security gaps that have emerged, but most businesses are still in the early phases of adoption. Only 36 percent of companies have begun to deploy Zero Trust solutions, and only 6 percent have completed their Zero Trust initiatives so far.
Implementation challenges are compounded by a lack of expertise and stakeholder buy-in.
Micro-segmentation is now recognized by security leaders as a critical technical pillar for achieving Zero Trust at scale. Micro-segmentation and Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA) are considered essential technical foundations for their organization's Zero Trust strategy by 73 percent of business leaders. Despite leaders' recognition of the need for micro-segmentation, the survey indicated that adoption rates are low.