In today’s age of remote workers and an ever-increasing variety of connected devices, network security is becoming more and more complex. To compensate, cybersecurity professionals have expanded their programs to go beyond traditional perimeter-based security and include microsegmentation.
In fact, four of the five cybersecurity leaders are now using microsegmentation in addition to traditional perimeter-based security for their corporate networks, according to a Byos survey.
Microsegmentation is a method of creating small, distinct areas in advanced computing environments, IoT networks, data centers, and cloud environments. It enables security professionals to isolate and mitigate potential network threats.
A natural successor to basic network segmentation, microsegmentation breaks down the entire network into its least divisible components – its endpoints – and provides robust protection and threat mitigation for each component. Byos surveyed 100 cybersecurity leaders in the third quarter of 2021 to understand their use of microsegmentation to protect their networks.
The state of microsegmentation in network security
- 83% of cybersecurity leaders are currently increasing the security of their corporate network perimeter with microsegmentation of one form or another; Of the 17% of cybersecurity leaders who are not currently deploying microsegmentation, most of them – 65% – say it is on their roadmap.
- 88% of cybersecurity leaders believe microsegmentation is essential to achieve Zero Trust network security, while 92% of cybersecurity leaders believe microsegmentation is more convenient and effective than its alternatives.
- The main sectors leading the adoption of microsegmentation are manufacturing (95%), information and data services (92%) and financial services (92%), followed by health care and social services (80%), education (77%) and software (73%).
- Among cybersecurity professionals who have yet to implement microsegmentation, 35% said they did not have the people they needed to make the change, 29% said they were running low on budget, and 29% indicated that lack of time was their main constraint.
- An increase in cyber attacks against their organization was the main motivation for implementing microsegmentation, cited by 53% of respondents, followed by an increasing attack surface (47%), fear that a lack of microsegmentation would make their vulnerable organization (35%), and the vulnerabilities of their old devices (29%).
- Key features cybersecurity leaders look for when choosing a microsegmentation solution include real-time threat management (76%), secure remote access (67%), and a ransomware kill switch (62 %), among others.
“When Gartner first identified microsegmentation as a key emerging technology for information security in 2016, many security experts were unfamiliar with the concept, but here we are, just five years later, and we find that it has been widely recognized as a crucial part of any security infrastructure, ”said Matias Katz, CEO of Byos.
“Today, there is no doubt that microsegmentation is an important method of preventing attackers from moving sideways to other systems once they have compromised a network. Our solution simplifies microsegmentation, thus facilitating implementation by IT teams.