ESG Brief: Cisco Live 2020 - New and Enhanced Network Solutions to Fuel Digital Transformation

Abstract:

Cisco Live 2020 got a makeover this year—it went all digital (due to COVID-19) after being held live and in-person for the past 30 years. More than 120,00 people attended the event where Cisco demonstrated its commitment to the community and its customers. There were also plenty of announcements about new and updated services for networking, security, collaboration, and customer experience. In the networking arena, new services announced comprised a series of network insight capabilities covering a wide assortment of products across Cisco’s portfolio—focusing on accelerating digital transformation via enhanced and improved proactive and predictive services, and the vital ability to automate data center networks globally.

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

ESG Research Report: Trends in Email Security

Abstract:

With most organizations standardizing on cloud-delivered email in an effort to shift costs from CapEx to OpEx, many have assumed that email service providers would automatically include comprehensive security controls. Many of these same organizations found it necessary to add third-party controls either during their migration or at a later date. Many have suffered from phishing-related attacks that led to credential theft and BEC, while others faced the loss of sensitive data through both unintentional and intentional actions.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 403 IT and cybersecurity professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing email security products, processes, and services.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Master Survey Results: Incident Readiness Trends

Abstract:

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 June 25, 2019 and July 8, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT and information security professionals responsible for the policies, processes, or technical safeguards used for incident readiness and response at their organization.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on incident readiness services, including understanding the trigger points influencing service investments for breach preparation and proactive exercises, as well as how decision makers are prioritizing and timing purchase decisions.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Email Security

Abstract:

ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This master survey results set offers new data concerning:

  • Organizational dynamics, buying behavior, and the future of email security.
  • Email attacks and threat detection and response.
  • Issues with sensitive data in email.
  • Bolstering email security with complementary technologies and services.
Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: COVID-19 Readiness: The Cyber-awareness and Employee Productivity Connection

Abstract:

When employees were sent home to work due to COVID-19, cybersecurity teams had to adjust their defenses accordingly. This was especially true due to a massive increase in coronavirus-related cyber-threats. In this environment, security awareness training is especially important, but too many training programs are a mere formality, conducted purely to satisfy a corporate governance or regulatory compliance requirement. ESG research illustrates that comprehensive security training is worthwhile as organizations with thorough training programs were more responsive to COVID-19 cyber-threats and had greater employee productivity. As such, CISOs should eschew “checkbox” training and persuade HR and executives to embrace more thorough security awareness training programs with demonstrable benefits and ROI.

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity education COVID-19 Tech Effect

ESG Brief: Security Infrastructure and Market Changes in Progress

Abstract:

Large organizations built their security infrastructure organically over time, adding new tools as countermeasures to emerging threats. Unfortunately, this created a messy situation where security must be monitored and managed on a tool-by-tool basis. CISOs have had enough—ESG research indicates that they are consolidating vendors and integrating tools into more cohesive technology architectures. These strategic changes will impact the way security technologies are purchased and sold in the future, which will have a downstream impact on the entire security technology industry.

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity technology platform

ESG Brief: Toward Cybersecurity Platforms

Abstract:

For years, organizations anchored their security technology infrastructure with best-of-breed point tools, but this strategy is no longer adequate. Why? The lack of integration strains resources and leads to operational overhead. ESG research indicates that many organizations are now willing to replace these point tools with integrated cybersecurity technology platforms from a single vendor. This transition will impact enterprise cybersecurity technology purchasing and operations while simultaneously altering the security technology market.

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity technology platform

ESG Research Report: Transitioning Network Security Controls to the Cloud

Abstract:

Fundamental changes to network architectures, primarily due to the adoption of cloud services and the implementation of mobility, have rendered traditional approaches to defending the perimeter—to the extent that it exists—and brokering secure access to corporate resources insufficient. As such, network security controls are being reevaluated, with organizations increasingly looking to cloud-delivered solutions that provide centralized management and distributed enforcement, integrate with SD-WAN architectures, and enable secure access to cloud services.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Cybersecurity Vendor Consolidation Efforts

Abstract:

Too many large organizations still anchor security to an army of disconnected point tools and rely on the cybersecurity staff to piece everything together. This strategy is ineffective, inefficient, and increases cyber-risk. CISOs have had enough as many are actively integrating cybersecurity technologies and consolidating the number of vendors with whom they do business. As this trend progresses, large organizations will buy a lot more of their cybersecurity technologies from a handful of vendors, which will tilt the market toward an emerging breed of enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors offering the right products, services, and partner ecosystems.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP): AI-powered Automation and Protection at the Edge

Abstract:

With the edge adding to the complexity of IT, organizations need a simple, cost-effective solution to extract valuable insights from immense amounts of data and, at the same time, protect the business. Aruba’s recently announced AI-powered, unified edge services platform (ESP for short) incorporates intelligence and security, helping improve agility and network visibility, boosting security at the edge, and enhancing the user experience.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking network security