Infoblox Inc., the leader in foundational networking and security services, announced the results of a Forrester Consulting study, which found IT leaders around the world share a ubiquitous appetite for greater network visibility.
The findings underscore a convergence in security with networking, which IT decision-makers now view as the missing strategy that will improve security response, automate compliance tasks, and better manage processes and outcomes.
Having 20/20 visibility is paramount to network security because it helps organisations discover and understand what data they are securing and from whom they’re securing it. To unlock these benefits requires collaboration between the networking and security teams, with network visibility as the glue. This integration advances performance and capacity planning, reduced costs, and device discovery, which benefit both teams.
To further explore, Infoblox commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey the perspectives of 423 global IT leaders at companies in the consumer goods, professional services, retail, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and chemicals industries. The study found that:
- Security leaders are increasing their investments in network visibility, with 97 per cent of respondents already invested in or are planning to invest in new visibility tools/technologies over the next three years, and 61 per cent are eager to invest in network discovery tools.
- Solutions that improve visibility are in high demand with nearly 80 per cent of respondents viewing an integrated solution that benefits both their organisations’ networking and security objectives as appealing, particularly to break down the silos between these organisations, which three out of four surveyed decision-makers noted was a problem in their company.
- Better visibility elevates security responses and capabilities, with 81 per cent of surveyed decision-makers agreeing that better network visibility would improve their organisations’ security posture and capabilities.
Overall, the survey showed significant synergy between visibility and security with 98 per cent of decision-makers already investing in their security capabilities to support an evolving network architecture. Investing in network discovery (61 per cent) captured the top spot for networking infrastructure to support security capabilities.
“We believe these findings underscore that visibility is synonymous with improving efficiency and performance for networking and security professionals,” said Anthony James, Vice President of Infoblox. “These traditionally separate sectors converge as businesses build out cloud-first infrastructures to enable hybrid work. Expanding the corporate network increases security risks, which requires both teams to have visibility into network traffic correlated to each connected device and user identity.”
The in-depth study recommended several mitigations, including building zero trust with an identity-centric approach and standardising foundational solutions such as the DDI services organisations already use for network connectivity and DNS security to accelerate threat hunts. Additionally, all organisations should educate and train their teams on these solutions to optimise value. Ensuring teams cross-functionally leverage the unique visibility DDI metadata yields will also help teams align on goals and minimise damages, particularly from security risks stemming from undetected threats.