ESG Brief: Organizational Considerations Weigh Heavily on Zero Trust Success

Abstract:

The breadth of zero trust inherently requires a variety of teams to collaborate effectively for implementations to be successful. Given this, it is unsurprising that organizational issues are the most common reason cited for projects being paused or abandoned. Effective communications channels, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and alignment of goals and success metrics are all important aspects of a zero trust strategy.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: The State of Zero Trust Security Strategies

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on understanding the factors influencing zero trust initiatives, how decision makers are prioritizing purchasing decisions, and which specific technologies and products are being deployed to support zero trust strategies.

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and cybersecurity professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between December 8, 2020 and December 22, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be cybersecurity or IT/information security professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing security technology products and services in support of zero trust security initiatives.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: Supporting AI/ML Initiatives with a Modern Infrastructure Stack

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on organizations in the process of transforming their businesses with artificial intelligence to understand the evolving data storage requirements of the next-generation applications and workloads supporting AI initiatives.

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT operations professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between September 17, 2020 and September 26, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT professionals familiar and involved with evaluating, purchasing, and managing storage associated with AI initiatives for their organizations.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Research Report: The Maturation of Cloud-native Security

Abstract:

The composition of cloud-native applications is a mix of APIs, containers, VMs, and serverless functions continuously integrated and delivered. Securing these applications, the underlying infrastructure, and the automation platforms that orchestrate their deployment necessitates revisiting threat models, gaining organizational alignment, and leveraging purposeful controls. Additionally, as security and DevOps continue to converge, cloud security controls are being consolidated. Project teams are evolving from a siloed approach to a unified strategy to securing cloud-native applications and platforms. In parallel, vendors are consolidating cloud security posture management (CSPM), cloud workload protection (CWP), container security, and more into integrated cloud security suites, impacting buyer personas and vendor sales motions.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 383 IT and cybersecurity professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) personally responsible for evaluating or purchasing cloud security technology products and services.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Re-emphasizing Data Security as Part of a Zero Trust Approach

Abstract:

Zero trust remains a broad initiative with a wide array of use cases, supporting technologies, and starting points. While it may seem that focus has shifted away from data security in recent years, many organizations consider it a critical component of their zero trust strategy. To address zero trust requirements, data classification and security solutions must support deployment flexibility, risk assessment, automation, and integrations with other solutions.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Research Report: Digital Workspace Strategies in an Increasingly Remote Worker World

Abstract:

COVID-19 created an unplanned event for businesses that were forced to quickly enable a mostly—if not exclusively—remote workforce. The business response for remote work has challenged IT business continuity plans, created new risks, and impacted technology decisions. Digital workspaces, bolstered by VDI and DaaS, have the potential to play a vital role in facilitating employee productivity from anywhere in the short term, while helping IT retain insight and control.

ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 389 IT professionals responsible for or involved in the purchase process for productivity applications and endpoint devices, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service solutions (DaaS). Survey participants represented midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (UK, France, and Germany).

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Infographic: The State of Zero-trust Security Strategies

Abstract:

Zero-trust approaches are arguably more relevant than ever due to the increasingly distributed nature of the modern enterprise, which has only been accelerated by the shift to work-from-home models. Yet for many organizations, confusion remains as to exactly what a zero-trust initiative should entail, where to begin, and how best to overcome the organizational obstacles that result from such a cross-functional undertaking.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Network Spending Trends for 2021

Abstract:

Coming off an unprecedented year, the majority of organizations are increasing their IT budgets. While slightly more than one-third of these organizations will increase their network spending in 2021, the majority expect to hold steady compared to last year’s investment levels. This year, organizations also state that they are looking to take advantage of cloud-based network management solutions to drive optimization. The research further demonstrates how organizations with mature digital transformation efforts differ from their counterparts with less mature environments.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Modernizing Data Centers with Cloud Technologies and Operating Models

Abstract:

While public cloud momentum has been building for more than a decade, there is still a sizeable footprint of on-premises applications and workloads. Presented with this opportunity, many IT leaders are looking for ways to modernize their own data centers by making them more cloud-like. What technologies will be the likeliest targets for investment as organizations look to accelerate this conversion process in the coming 12 months and beyond?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Brief: What Is the Future of Technology Conferences in a Post-pandemic World?

Abstract:

Over the past year, the COVID-19 virus has caused a shift in how IT professionals—and the vendors that serve them—work. In compliance with the regulations from health organizations and governments enforcing work-from-home (WFH) mandates, most organizations have been faced with how to adapt to an increasingly virtual world. This has extended to technology trade shows and conferences, causing organizers to scramble to replace these in-person events with virtual online versions. Among those IT professionals that attended a virtual event in the last year, what was their experience, and how might this impact the future of technology conferences?

Topics: Covid-19