Patrice Perche (Asia) - Enterprises Revising Strategy to Accommodate New IT Trends part 2

Wireless Networks: The Greatest Vulnerability

When asked about which parts of their IT infrastructure are vulnerable from a security standpoint, wireless networks are named most frequently (quoted by 59% of the respondents). In terms of severity of risk, wireless networks are also rated highest, ahead of endpoints (ranked 2nd) and databases (3rd). Wireless networks are seen as particularly vulnerable in Japan, with 86% of that country's respondents ranking it as their top threat, ahead of South Korea (61%) and Hong Kong (55%).

Migration to Application Aware and XML Firewalls has Started

Today's security threats are no longer port-based and can slip into enterprise networks through applications. With application awareness and control capabilities underpinning the emergence of ‘next-generation' firewalls and the death of traditional firewalling solutions, 42% of the respondents are now using, or plan to use, a firewall with application control features. Specialised Web application and XML firewalls are also being adopted in significant numbers, with 45% of the overall sample now using, or planning to use, this technology to secure Web-based applications.
- Singapore shows the highest rate of ‘next generation' firewall adoption with 52% of its sample using this technology. India and South Korea follow closely, tying at 48%.
- China and Taiwan are the largest adopters of Web application /XML firewalls, with 61% and 48% of their samples, respectively. India is 3rd with 44%. Hong Kong is 42%, joint fourth with Singapore

Network Security Consolidation Gathering Momentum

To date, almost 66% of Hong Kong respondents have consolidated security elements to take advantage of tighter security, simplified management and lower cost, and 92% of them say that they will continue consolidating security over the next 12 months.

26% of the sampled organisations plan to embark on a network security consolidation exercise for the first time in the next 12 months. Only 3% of the respondents plan to continue abstaining from any network security consolidation in the foreseeable future.

  • Hong Kong organisations are most likely to start out on network security consolidation for the first time (34%). Singapore is 2nd with 32%. In Japan, the figure is only 18%.
  • South Korea is the furthest ahead in the network security consolidation game, with 78% of respondents already having done some form of consolidation. China is 2nd with 77% and Taiwan is 3rd with 74%.
  • In Japan, 14% of the sample feels they have embraced network security consolidation to the furthest extent desirable. This is twice as high as the Asian average of 7%.

"IT departments and dedicated information security professionals face challenges from all directions as they fight to maintain a coherent security strategy that both protects data, and responds to the changing needs of users and the business at large," added Perche. "Organisations that can call upon the common technology approach of an end-to-end security solution family are best set to meet these challenges without complicating management processes, compromising performance, or adding unnecessary financial overheads."

By Patrice Perche, Senior Vice President of International Sales and Support, at Fortinet


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