Enterprises should upgrade technologies and solutions in their cybersecurity infrastructure because of the new strain of COVID 19 and the plans to return to office. A recent study by Cisco found that 37 per cent of the cybersecurity technologies used by companies in India are considered outdated by security and privacy professionals working in those organisations. Companies in India are addressing this by investing in modern cybersecurity technologies to improve their security posture.
According to Cisco's Security Outcomes Study Volume 2, a global survey of more than 5100 security and privacy professionals across 27 markets, including 200 professionals from tier 1 companies in India, the respondents from India consider their cybersecurity infrastructure unreliable and complex, with 33 per cent and 40 per cent respectively highlighting this in the survey.
Nearly nine in 10 89 per cent of respondents in India said their company is investing in a Zero Trust'' strategy, with 44 per cent saying their organisation is making steady progress with adopting it and 45 per cent saying they are at a mature state of implementing it. 88 per cent of respondents said their company is investing in Secure Access Service Edge SASE architecture, with 44 per cent making good progress with adoption and 44 per cent saying their implementation is at mature levels.
SASE combines networking and security functions in the cloud to give users secure access to applications wherever they work. Zero Trust is a simple concept that involves verifying the identity of each user and device every time they access an organisation's network to reduce security risks.
Cisco says these two approaches are essential in order to build a strong security posture for companies in the modern cloud-first and application-centric world. Organisations are facing a lot of challenges while operating in this environment, including complexity in connecting users to applications and data across different cloud platforms, inconsistent security policies across disparate locations and networks, lack of end-to- end visibility of their security infrastructure, etc.
Vishak Raman, the Director of Security Business, Cisco India and SAARC said that Cisco's Security Outcomes Study shows where the biggest gaps lie in India Inc.'s cybersecurity posture. Nearly 60 per cent of companies are investing in cloud-based security technology plans. As they ramp up their efforts, they must focus on building a robust cloud-based, integrated, and highly automated architecture to ensure agility and intelligence in threat remediation and enable visibility and management of newly distributed users and applications. This global study aims to determine the most impactful measures teams can take to defend their organizations against the evolving threat landscape. Respondents from companies in India shared their approaches to updating and integrating their security architecture, responding to threats and staying resilient when disaster strikes.