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

Re-Strategising for More Thorough Coverage, Lower Cost

When asked about their IT security strategy, respondents believe that the top two areas of improvement by far are comprehensiveness of coverage and cost of their IT security implementation. They want coverage to be extended beyond the core network perimeter to areas like mobile endpoints and processes, and they want security-related costs to be reduced. Of the seven markets surveyed, Singapore had the most respondents ranking comprehensiveness of coverage as their no.1 priority (71%), while Hong Kong had the most respondents citing cost effectiveness as their top concern (58%).

There are several drivers for the strategy changes. Heading the list are technologies under rapid adoption in Asia, including cloud computing (36% of respondents named it as the most important driver) and virtualisation (16%). Other influences shaping IT security strategy are the emergence of more sophisticated threats and attacks (15%), user-led IT (14%) and mobility (11%).

Enterprises Responding Faster to Changing Trends

In line with fast evolving trends, many organisations are assessing their IT security strategy frequently. As many as 74% of the respondents have conducted a full reappraisal of their information security strategy in the last 12 months.

"The remarkable pace of cloud computing adoption and the growing trend of employees plugging their personal devices to the corporate network are posing serious challenges to traditionally secured networks," said Patrice Perche, Senior Vice President of International Sales and Support at Fortinet. "Organisations must evaluate their security posture in a timely manner, so that they can take immediate steps against new vulnerability points on the network, as well as secure new technologies that emerge. In that context, it is critical for them to revise their legacy security implementation and adopt solutions which can protect and control at the network, application and user levels."

In fact, the survey unveiled that as many as 85% of respondents are concerned about their firms' ability to secure corporate data in this new user-led IT environment, where individual users, rather than enterprises, define the preferred IT practices and technologies they wish to use. South Korean and Indian organisations are the most worried (both 94%) by this "IT consumerisation". Japan is the least worried, but even there, almost two thirds of the respondents (63%) say they are concerned. Hong Kong is the second least worried, but still 78% say they are worried.

Inadequate Security for Personal Mobile Devices

Across the sample, 94% of respondents say that they have a mobile security strategy defined. Hong Kong and Taiwan are the most advanced markets in this area, both at 98%.

However, results indicate that most companies are not confident of or do not have the means to secure personal mobile devices: 67% of respondents say they only allow the use of corporate mobile devices onto which security policies can be directly enforced, while in Hong Kong, the percentage is 70%. 26 % of enterprises and 28% of Hong Kong enterprises place responsibility for securing personal mobile endpoints directly with the users/owners of those devices - a dangerous practice.

In part two, we cover the wireless networks and potential security risks: to be published on the 19 of October

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