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Digital resilience a major concern for 95% of APAC companies

by Helen J. Wolf
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New research from A10 Networks found that of the 250 APAC companies surveyed, 95% are deeply concerned about all aspects of enterprise digital resilience, with the highest levels around optimizing security tools.

A10 Networks says this is to ensure competitive advantage and provide a superior user experience where customers can easily and securely access their ecosystem.

The company says organizations are also very concerned about their internal capacity to maintain IPv4 and migrate to IPv6 and are aware of the importance of balancing security and efficiency.

The Enterprise Perspectives 2022 survey was conducted by the independent research organization Opinion Matters and involved 2,425 senior application and network professionals from ten geographic areas: Asia-Pacific, UK, Germany, Southern Europe (Italy and France), Benelux, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, USA, India, and the Middle East.

Digital resilience a major concern for 95% of APAC companies

Preferably private cloud

The report found that 81% of APAC companies reported increased network traffic volume in the past 12 months. This increase averaged 39% compared to the global average of 47%.

When asked about the expected outages of their future network environment, 75% of APAC companies say it would be cloud-based, with 33% citing private cloud as their preferred environment. However, they have not been reassured by their cloud service providers, with 48% reporting that they cannot meet their SLAs.

Cyber ​​threats and data breaches

Compared to other areas, the report found that APAC respondents are more concerned about losing data and sensitive assets in the event of a data breach due to a cyber attack.

Other concerns include ransomware, potential downtime or lockdown in the event of a DDoS attack, and the impact this would have on the brand and reputation.

In response to these concerns, the survey showed a clear shift towards Zero Trust approaches, with 39% of Asia-Pacific business organizations saying they had already adopted a Zero Trust model in the past 12 months.

The office versus remote working

While there has been an infrastructure shift to support distributed home and remote work, 63% of APAC companies say all or most employees will work in the office in the long run, compared to an average of 62% across all surveyed. Regions.

This contrasts with predictions of a sweeping shift to a perpetual hybrid enterprise, with application and network professionals expecting the old normal to reassert itself.

Anthony Webb, vice president of the international division of A10 Networks, says the world has irrevocably changed.

“The pace of digital transformation has accelerated beyond expectations. However, as we move out of crisis mode, organizations are now focusing on digital resilience, moving to the cloud and strengthening their defenses,” he says.

“There’s a clear need to help employees work how they feel most comfortable. And we’re seeing a gradual shift to Zero Trust models.”

“The return to the office environment may be due to the deep fear IT professionals have about security, the cloud, and aspects of digital resilience and continuity, as well as the ability of their IT systems to handle them.”

Technology investment priorities

The report found that artificial intelligence and machine learning have matured, with 52% of APAC organizations saying they have implemented these technologies in the past 12 months. Furthermore, 45% say they have implemented blockchain technologies, while 42% say they have deployed IoT devices to help business functions.

When asked which technology will be most critical to business resilience in the coming year, metaverse technologies ranked highest, followed by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain technologies.

A10 Networks predicts that adopting cybersecurity initiatives will likely grow, including Zero Trust models.

“With escalating threats, the fallout from the pandemic, the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, not to mention rising energy prices and inflation, business organizations have many things to consider,” Webb said.

“To address these challenges, companies must continue to invest in modern technologies, such as Zero Trust, that enable automation and protection, along with a balance of defense and agility for an increasingly multifactorial infrastructure.”

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