Intelligent CISO Issue 52 - Page 62



As organisations continue to strive for secure Digital Transformation pathways , we hear from Paul Nicholson , Senior Director of Product Marketing at A10 Networks , about the importance of investing in technologies that support ongoing Digital Transformation initiatives while also striking a balance between strong Zero Trust defence and operational agility .
oday ’ s enterprises

T have faced many challenges with the pace of change over the last few years because of Digital Transformation and the need for that transformation to be resilient and secure .

These challenges have been amplified by the disruption of the global pandemic .
There have been massive global macroeconomic shifts that have fundamentally changed the way companies operate , from the rise of remotely working employees to the adjustments of customer engagement strategies . Remote work was in full swing before the pandemic and it already had an impact on IT strategy and the shift to cloud , including hybrid cloud .
This trend has only accelerated due to the ease of remote deployment and accessibility for software , SaaS and cloud options . With all these changes , the spectre of security breaches is high . This explains the rise and popularity of Zero Trust as a framework for securing networks in these new realities and as an effective tool to drive cybersecurity initiatives within the entire enterprise .
All this means that in a post-pandemic era , digital resilience is a top priority and cyberthreats are only accelerating . As a result , we are witnessing a broad spectrum of concerns as enterprise organisations look to shore up their defences .
Analysing the events of the last two years , it is an ideal time to explore enterprise perceptions about the future . To gain these insights , we surveyed 2,425 senior application and network professionals from across 10 regions around the globe . Not surprisingly , we found high levels of concern around
Paul Nicholson , Senior Director of Product Marketing , A10 Networks
all aspects of Digital Transformation solutions and resilience with a strong focus on Business Continuity .
The top findings we uncovered included :
Private clouds are the preferred enterprise IT environment
Even though we witnessed a rapid pivot to cloud in the last couple of years , plenty of on-premises environments remain . A total of 23 % of respondents have retained an on-premises environment and this is unlikely to change in the future . Private clouds were the preferred environment for 30 % of respondents , while just under onequarter said their environment was in a public cloud with a similar percent in SaaS environments .
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