Fortinet reveals survey on single vendor SASE in the hybrid work era

Thursday, Jun 08, 2023 18:51

Fortinet and IDC experts talk about cybersecurity in Viet Nam. — Photo courtesy of Fortinet

Fortinet, a global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, has unveiled the importance of single vendor Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to secure remote workers amidst the surge of unmanaged devices and increased security incidents.

The survey was conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) among 450 cybersecurity leaders from nine different locations across Asia such as Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, South Korea, and Việt Nam

Survey respondents came from nine industries, including manufacturing, retail, logistics, healthcare, FSI and the public sector.

The survey explored cybersecurity leaders’ perspectives on hybrid work, particularly how it impacted their organisations in the last year and their strategies to mitigate the security challenges arising from the adoption of hybrid work.

Among the new findings was the rise the 'Branch-Office-of-One' with about 70 per cent of respondents in Việt Nam having a hybrid or fully remote working model. This shift to remote work has resulted in employees becoming 'branch offices of one', working from their homes or other locations outside the traditional office. 

Hybrid work and the growth in managed and unmanaged connections have caused a significant rise in security incidents, with 34 per cent of surveyed organisations in Việt Nam reporting more than triple the number of breaches.

SASE was considered a game-changer for hybrid work. To tackle the challenges of hybrid work, many organisations across Việt Nam plan to invest in a single-vendor SASE solution to improve their security posture and provide consistency in the user experience for remote employees. 

“As Việt Nam continues to embrace the digital future and become a leader in the digital economy, it is essential that we acknowledge the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks and data breaches," said Nguyễn Gia Đức, Fortinet Vietnam's Country Manager.

"The shortage of skilled talent in the cybersecurity industry only makes this issue more challenging. At Fortinet, we are committed to bridging the skills gap and providing the necessary cybersecurity knowledge and awareness to all employees in an organisation. With our single-vendor SASE solution, we aim to simplify security policy management and enhance the user experience for remote employees, helping Vietnamese businesses address the security challenges of the changing workforce,” he said.

Rashish Pandey, Fortinet's Vice President of Marketing and Communications in Asia & ANZ, believed that as the world shifts to hybrid work, organisations face the challenge of securing a 'branch-office-of-one' environment where employees and devices operate outside of traditional office boundaries.

He said the survey underscored the urgency for organisations to adopt a comprehensive security strategy that addressed the complexity and risk posed by the growth of remote work. — VNS

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