While IT managers believe they have strong security practices in place, their continued search for additional network security capabilities suggests that trust may be temporary, according to a survey conducted by IDG.
Data shows that 70% of IT managers strongly agree that their network architecture follows a zero trust approach, compared to only 53% of IT managers who think the same.
The disconnect between executives and frontline IT managers was also apparent in responses related to network security initiatives and the overall health of security. For example, while 59% of executives said their organizations were already building or using zero trust architectures, only 39% of IT managers said the same.
Additionally, 58% of executives surveyed rated their overall network security as ahead of their competitors, while 37% said it was on par with the rest. At the same time, only 48% of managers rated their safety before their competitors, while 47% rated it tied.
“The disconnect between the perceptions of security managers and practitioners highlights the lack of visibility on the network and adherence to security policy,” said Chiara Régale, Vice President, Product Management, Forward Networks.
“Without a single source of truth on the network, practitioners and executives are forced to make inferences. Having the ability to prove compliance and easily view security policies in action can eliminate disconnection and ensure that the bulk of engineering effort is directed towards proactive improvement of the network’s security posture instead of struggling. against fires or to clarify confusing data.
Network security landscape: a mix of trust and challenges
Despite their high levels of trust, IT decision makers report widespread challenges when making sure their network is secure.
- 81% have trouble identifying the depth of a breach
- 69% are unable to quickly identify when something is wrong
- 71% cited the inability to get an endpoint-to-endpoint connectivity analysis, and
- 68% said it was difficult to know which devices are on the network and its topology.
Respondents to the survey also said they were looking to improve several areas of network security management for greater efficiency.
- 88% want real-time monitoring capabilities
- 85% seek diligent compliance with all security protocols
- 73% want validation that their network architecture follows a zero trust approach
- 85% are looking to improve response times in the event of a network breach.
“In a perfect world, IT could devote all of its attention to finding innovative ways to stay ahead of the evolution of technology while ensuring their organization has the IT and network infrastructure. optimal to support the business, ”added Regale.
“But that’s not the world we live in. IT managers spend a lot of time putting out fires associated with increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, and the only way to minimize the risks associated with these breaches is to have full visibility into the entire IT infrastructure. “