New IT Trends Enabling Enterprises To Revisit Strategies


5 Aug 2011
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Fortinet has unveiled the findings of an IT security survey done on 350 IT professionals in medium to very large sized enterprises across Asia. The survey queried enterprise IT decision makers in India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan about their security strategies and priorities amid a rapidly changing IT landscape.

Indian respondents ranked comprehensiveness of coverage as their first priority (63 percent) followed by cost effectiveness (41 percent). There are several drivers for the strategy changes including cloud computing (36 percent named it as the most important driver), virtualization (16 percent), emergence of sophisticated threats and attacks (15 percent), user-led IT (14 percent), and mobility (11 percent).

In line with fast evolving trends, many organizations are assessing their IT security strategy frequently. 80 percent of the respondents from India have conducted a full reappraisal of their information security strategy in the last 12 months.

The survey unveiled that about 85 percent of respondents are concerned about their firms' ability to secure corporate data in this new user-led IT environment, where individual users define the preferred IT practices and technologies they wish to use. South Korean and Indian organizations are the most worried (both 94 percent). Japan is the least worried at 63 percent.

94 percent of respondents said that they have a mobile security strategy defined. Hong Kong and Taiwan are the most advanced in this area, both at 98 percent followed by India at 96 percent. However, results indicate that most companies are not confident of or do not have the means to secure personal mobile devices: 67 percent of respondents say they only allow the use of corporate mobile devices onto which security policies can be directly enforced. Twenty six percent of enterprises place responsibility for securing personal mobile endpoints directly with the users/owners of those devices.

Wireless networks are the most vulnerable (59 percent) parts of IT infrastructure from a security standpoint. In terms of severity of risk, wireless networks are also rated highest, ahead of endpoints (ranked second) and databases (third).

Survey revealed that 42 percent of the respondents are now using, or plan to use, a firewall with application control features. Specialized Web application and XML firewalls are also being adopted, with 45 percent of the overall sample now using, or planning to use this technology. Singapore showed the highest rate of next generation firewall adoption with 52 percent of its sample using this technology. India and South Korea follow closely, tying at 48 percent. China and Taiwan are the largest adopters of Web application /XML firewalls, with 61 percent and 48 percent of their samples, respectively. India is third with 44 percent.

71 percent of respondents have consolidated security elements to take advantage of tighter security, simplified management, and lower cost, and 90 percent of them said that they will continue consolidating security over the next 12 months.

Twenty-six percent of the sampled organizations plan to embark on a network security consolidation exercise for the first time in the next 12 months. Only 3 percent of the respondents plan to continue abstaining from any network security consolidation in the foreseeable future.

source : crn
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