A10 Network Enterprise Perspective 2022 Study Reveals Zero-Trust Strategy, Cloud and Remote Work Drive Digital Elasticity

A10 Network Enterprise Perspective 2022 Study Reveals Zero-Trust Strategy, Cloud and Remote Work Drive Digital Elasticity

A10 Networks recently published research highlighting the challenges and priorities facing large enterprises in terms of epidemics as we learn to live with COVID-19, and its impact on future technology.

Of the 250 companies and firms surveyed in Southern Europe (France and Italy), almost all (95%) expressed high level of concern about all aspects of digital resilience. Overall, 97% of respondents are concerned about the level of resilience required to address future or even highly anxious future barriers, the support of staff regardless of the chosen mode of work, the ability to integrate new technologies to gain competitive advantage, and the ability to optimize safety equipment. .

On the other hand, these respondents felt extremely concerned about remote access in a hybrid environment, indicating a level of awareness about the importance of maintaining a balance of security and employee access to critical applications.

Personal cloud preferred environment

The increase in network traffic further complicates the challenges faced by respondents, with 86% of businesses in southern Europe having increased network traffic in the last 12 months. The increase in network traffic in this geographical area is slightly higher, with volume averaging 53%, compared to 47% in other countries.

Regarding the previous distribution of the future network environment, 79% of companies in Southern Europe say that the cloud will play a major role, and more specifically the private cloud, which is highlighted by 26% of them. This does not mean that they blindly trust their cloud service providers, however, 40% of companies say they do not fulfill service level agreements.

The Enterprise Perspectives 2022 survey was conducted by Opinion Matters, an independent market research organization among 2,425 network and application experts across 10 regions, including the UK, Germany, Southern Europe, Benelux, Eastern Europe, Scandinavian countries, the United States and India. Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

The aim of this study is to understand the challenges, concerns and perspectives of large enterprises that work to adapt their IT strategies and infrastructure to the rigors of digital transformation and hybrid work environments.

Cyber ​​threats are on the rise

Undoubtedly, the increase in potential threats is a source of much concern for respondents in Southern Europe. Unlike other regions, they are primarily concerned with the loss of sensitive data and resources in the event of a data breach. Then comes the risk of ransomware, service interruptions or lockouts in the event of a DDoS attack and this could affect the brand’s image and reputation.

To address these threats, companies are turning to the zero-trust approach, with 32% of companies in southern Europe saying they have already adopted a zero-trust model in the last 12 months and 13% wanting to adopt one in the next 12. Years

The ‘new normal’ may look like the old normal

Although the infrastructure has changed to adapt to working from home and remotely, 70% of companies in Southern Europe say that almost all employees will return to work in the long term, compared to an average of 62% in all regions covered by the study. Only 11% of them said that minority employees would work in the office, if any, and the majority would be remote. This dramatically contradicts predictions of a precisely hybrid enterprise transformation, as application and network experts believe the “old normal” will return.

In response to the study, Michel Azoul, manager of the A10 network in France, explained: ” The world has changed irrevocably and the pace of digital transformation is surpassing all expectations. Now that the emergency is over, companies are focusing on digital resilience, moving to the cloud and integrating their defenses. There is clearly a need to help employees work in the most comfortable way possible and we see many companies implementing the zero-trust model in Southern Europe. The shift to the desktop environment can be explained by the concern-induced effects of IT professionals on questions about security, cloud, digital resilience and some aspects of continuity, as well as the adaptability of computer systems. A

Technology investment priority

In terms of investment priorities, blockchain technologies have certainly reached maturity, with 37% of Southern European respondents indicating that they have deployed these technologies in the last 12 months. In addition, 36% of them said they have installed advanced observable and integrated intelligence technology, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Interestingly, when asked what will be the go-to technology for business resilience next year, IoT devices dedicated to operational business functions are the most cited in Southern Europe, followed by intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technology.

Looking to the future, cyber security initiatives are expected to increase and include a zero-trust model. This type of model is expected to spread as awareness of the benefits of Southern European companies grows. The study clearly shows that the pressure for companies in Southern Europe will remain strong in the coming years.

Michelle Azoul concludes: ” In the face of growing threats, including post-epidemic fallouts, ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflicts, rising energy prices and inflation, businesses must be vigilant on all fronts. To address these issues, it is important to maintain investment in automation and protection technologies and solutions, such as Zero Trust, which provide the right balance between defense and agility in the context of a growing polyform. A

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