New research : 79 % of European businesses already seeing savings from shift to cloud security
Eight in 10 European businesses that have begun the move towards cloud security have already started to see savings , according to new research published by Netskope . The research , conducted by global research company , Censuswide , polled 700 IT professionals in the UK and Germany to explore how organisations are evolving their network and security strategies .
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N businesses have already found savings by using cloud security to replace legacy security appliances and reduce bandwidth requirements , according to research conducted by Netskope , a leader in SASE . Savings are coming from hardware and appliance replacement including VPNs ( 25 %), reduced bandwidth needs ( 23 %) and vendor consolidation ( 21 %). Replacing costly firewalls ( with Firewall-as-a-Service FWaaS ) in particular has produced savings for 21 % of IT teams .
The research was undertaken to investigate European CIO and CISO intentions and practices at a time of huge security and networking change . A large proportion ( 99.5 %) of research respondents are undertaking network and security transformation projects in the next five years , and more than half are already underway or lined up for the next 12 months . The question the research looked to answer was : what does this mean in practice for teams , budgets , skills and suppliers ?
Ownership and funding
The first finding from the research was a lack of clarity over who should take responsibility – and pay – for key transformation projects and frameworks such as SASE and Zero Trust .
• One in three network and security teams are going to merge within the next two years , driven by a significant growth in cloud use which , according to CIOs and CISOs ; ‘ makes the separation of teams unhelpful ’.
• 92 % of CIOs do not intend to converge network and security budgets , even when they merge the teams , potentially risking internal friction .
• 27 % of IT leaders are moving responsibility and funding for network security to the security team to fund SASE and Zero Trust , but the same number ( 27 %) is pushing security budgets in the other direction , handing them to network and infrastructure teams to fund a security-by-design approach .
• 28 % of survey participants decreed that SASE was owned by networking teams , with only 18 % deeming it to be the responsibility of security and 31 % saying it was shared .
• Given this lack of market consistency , it is unsurprising that 28 % of CIOs and CISOs expect network and security teams to continue to compete for ownership of projects .
Team and skills
• With network and security converging , 67 % of European IT teams will be reporting to both the CIO and CISO , either directly or through dotted line hierarchies .
• 28 % are growing or expect to grow their security team to service an expanded remit due to the organisation ’ s use of cloud .
• 28 % of organisations that have moved at least some of their security to the cloud reported having already made changes to the structure or staffing of the networking team , and 26 % reported changes to their security team .
• 46 % of survey participants stated either that they are already struggling to find suitable candidates for their security roles or that they anticipate difficulty in future .
• 38 % plan to look for candidates outside of the cyberskills or IT markets and reskill , while 30 % intend to move staff from networking , helpdesk and other internal teams .
Neil Thacker , CISO EMEA at Netskope , said : “ Leaders seem to be saying they understand that their teams need to unite behind shared goals , but they need to ensure they eradicate the political divide that many organisations see across their IT and security teams today .” u intelligent CLOUD SECURITY www . intelligentciso . com