F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced the findings of its 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey, which revealed that organizations are struggling to keep pace with the changing face of security. Respondents were RSA attendees with IT responsibilities over planning, management, oversight, or implementation of security. The results show that security trends such as virtualization (73%), BYOD (66%), and the complexity of attack types (72%) have the greatest impact on securing today’s organizations. Nearly half of respondents admit that traditional safeguards are less than adequate in protecting against threats related to these trends, with roughly one-third of respondents reporting that their security readiness is inadequate.
Security is changing, from the type of threats to those driving the threats.
When asked what security trends have the greatest impact on an organization’s ability to achieve the level of security it desires, respondents answered:
BYOD is seen as critical in an organization’s ability to achieve the level of security it desires, yet a sizeable number of organizations are not taking the appropriate steps to address it.
Organizations are unprepared to properly address the shift to web-based applications and cloud-based infrastructure.
Threats are moving beyond the capability of traditional security safeguards.
There is a wide range of IT trends making security more complex. Below are the percentages of respondents who felt traditional safeguards were less than adequate in protecting against threats related to a variety of current IT trends:
“The security landscape continues to change rapidly and many organizations are struggling to properly address evolving threats,” said Mark Vondemkamp, VP of Product Management for Security at F5. “Companies will do well to proactively address trends like BYOD and cloud security, but they should also look to raise their game in terms of threat detection and mitigation. With employee behavior, business priorities, and infrastructure demands further expanding traditional threat vectors, the proper tools and procedures are essential in maintaining a healthy level of security.”
Recommendations and Best Practices
To prepare for threats posed by emerging security trends, F5 recommends organizations have:
F5 Networks 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey
The F5 Networks 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey is a result of research conducted on the exhibit floor at last week’s RSA conference in San Francisco. Conference attendees were asked two initial qualifying questions to promote the validity of the survey results. More than 150 qualified respondents were then asked a total of five questions surrounding security trends.
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