In Italy and France, organizations have shown high levels of concern about all aspects of digital resilience. For 79% of Italian and French companies, the future network environment will be cloud-based, with 26% indicating the private cloud as the preferred environment. To reduce the impact of cyberattacks, 32% said they have already adopted a Zero Trust model in the last 12 months and 13% intend to adopt it in the next 12 months. • In terms of investment in technology, 37% said they have applied blockchain technologies in the last year, while 36% have applied deep observation and connected intelligence technologies, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Rome, June 9, 2022 – A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) today released a global survey that reveals the challenges and priorities of business organizations today in the post-pandemic era as we learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it shapes future technologies. requirements.
Of the 250 business organizations surveyed in Southern Europe (Italy and France), up to 95% showed high levels of concern about all aspects of business digital resilience. Overall levels of concern were higher about resilience to future disruptions, ensuring staff feel supported in whatever work style they wish to adopt, willingness to incorporate new technologies and optimize security tools to ensure a competitive advantage, with 97% of employees to state that they are worried or very worried about all of this. In addition, Italian and French companies have stated that they are extremely concerned about remote access to hybrid environments, demonstrating a high level of awareness of the importance of balancing security and employee access to vital business applications.
The private cloud is the preferred environment
The increase in network traffic has exacerbated the challenges faced by respondents, with 86% of Southern European business organizations facing an increase in network traffic volume in the last 12 months. This increase in both countries was 53%, slightly higher than the global average of 47%.
When asked about the expected analysis of their future network environment, 79% of Southern European business organizations said it would be cloud-based, with 26% citing the private cloud as their preferred environment. However, they are not reassured by their cloud service providers, with 40% saying they fail to meet their SLAs.
The Enterprise Perspectives 2022 study was conducted by the independent research organization Opinion Matters on 2,425 senior application and network professionals in ten geographical areas: United Kingdom, Germany, Southern Europe (Italy and France), Benelux, Eastern Europe, Nordic countries, United States, I , Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
The research was conducted to understand the challenges, concerns and prospects of large corporations as they continue to adapt their IT strategy and infrastructure to the extreme demands of digital transformation and the hybrid workplace.
Cyber threats are on the rise
Undoubtedly, the intensification of the threat landscape raises many concerns: Compared to other areas, Italian and French respondents were more concerned about the loss of sensitive data and assets in the event of a data breach due to a cyber attack. Other concerns include ransomware, potential downtime or blocking in the event of a DDoS attack, and the impact this would have on brand and reputation.
In response to these concerns, the survey highlighted a clear shift towards Zero Trust approaches, with 32% of Southern European business organizations saying they have already adopted a Zero Trust model in the last 12 months and 13% intending to adopt it. 12.
The new normal can look like the old normal
Although there has been a change in infrastructure to support distributed work from home and remotely, 70% of Southern European business organizations say that all or most of their employees will be working in the office in the long run, compared to an average condition 62,% in the total area surveyed. Only 11% say a minority or no employee will work from the office and most will be remote. This contradicts the predictions of a seasonal shift in an ever-hybrid company, with application and networking professionals awaiting a reaffirmation of the old norm.
“The world has changed irrevocably,” said Giacinto Spinillo, Regional Sales Manager, “and the pace of digital transformation has accelerated beyond expectations. However, as we overcome the crisis, organizations are now focusing on the digital transition to resilience.” There is a clear need to help employees work in a way that makes them feel more comfortable, and we are seeing a gradual shift in Zero Trust models. IT professionals on security, the cloud and aspects of digital resilience and continuity, as well as the ability of their IT systems to deal with them “.
Investment priorities in technology
In terms of investment priorities, blockchain technologies have undoubtedly matured: 37% of Italian and French organizations said they had implemented them in the last 12 months. In addition, 36% say they have applied deep observation and connected intelligence technologies, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Interestingly, when asked which technology is most critical to business resilience next year, IoT devices that help business operations scored the highest, followed by artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technologies.
Looking to the future, the adoption of cyber initiatives is likely to increase, including the Zero Trust models. Wider application is expected as business organizations understand the benefits arising from it. The study clearly shows how unlikely it is to reduce the pressure on Southern European companies in the coming years.
“With the intensification of threats, the aftermath of the pandemic, the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, not to mention rising energy prices and inflation,” Spinillo concluded, “businesses really need to look at a lot. problems, companies must continue to invest in state-of-the-art technologies, such as the Zero Trust, that enable automation and protection, along with a balance between defense and agility for an increasingly multifactorial infrastructure.
To download the full study: Enterprise Perspectives 2022: Zero Trust, Cloud and Remote Work Drive Digital Resiliency click here: https://www.a10networks.com/resources/reports/enterprise-perspectives-2022/
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