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European Businesses to Gain from Shift to Cloud Security.

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, December 06, 2021

According to new research published by Netskop, Eight in ten European businesses that have begun the progress towards cloud security have already started noticing gains.

FREMONT, CA: According to new research published by Netskope, Eight in ten European businesses that have begun the progress towards cloud security have already started noticing gains. These savings further replace legacy security appliances and reduce bandwidth requirements. The hardware and appliance replacement reduced bandwidth needs by 23 percent, including VPNs and vendor consolidation by 25 and 21 percent, respectively. Additionally, replacing these costly firewalls, in particular, has helped these businesses save around 21 percent of IT teams.

This research was conducted in order to investigate the European CIO and CISO intentions and practices at a time of huge security and networking change. In the next five years, almost 99.5 percent of research respondents are undertaking network and security transformation projects. Two things that were highlighted in the research findings by Neil Thacker, CISO EMEA at Netskope were: firstly the general intention among European organizations to transform network and security architectures, and secondly that despite this goal being shared by 99.5 percent of CIOs and CISOs, there is no consensus around what's the best method for changing the network. By next year, a large amount of resources and budget will be invested in the network transformation, which is anticipated to bring in huge cost savings and business improvements. It is crucial that the outcomes are not jeopardized internally with unnecessary bureaucracy and politics or a simple lack of collaboration between professionals in network and security.

Adding to this, Thacker says that 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 organizations see across their IT and security teams today. SASE can be successfully implemented by separate network and security teams as long as they participate, but there remains a real risk that teams will be hindered by diverse network and security systems that don’t offer architecture that supports the company’s all-in-all vision.

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