Businesses turn to SASE, zero trust to solve remote working challenges

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Now that companies have enabled their employees to work remotely, their focus is shifting to protecting against increasingly harmful cybersecurity threats. Of all the different ways they can tackle the problem, many companies opt for SASE or zero trust strategies.

This is according to a recently published report by ISACA and HCL Technologies, based on a poll of more than 3,600 cybersecurity professionals worldwide. It states that SASE or zero trust adoption is highest among pharmaceutical, medical and health organizations (48 percent), closely followed by finance, banking and insurance (46 percent).

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Regardless of the industry, data loss prevention (DLP) appears to be the most popular of all SASE technologies, followed by secure web gateway, zero trust, and SD-WAN.

When it comes to threat type, social engineering remains the most common, followed by advanced persistent threats (APT), ransomware (opens in new tab)exploiting unpatched systems and denial of service (DoS) attacks.

The top concerns among respondents were potential damage to corporate reputation, data theft and supply chain disruption.

Aside from SASE and zero trust, companies are also increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI), whose use in SecOps has increased by four percent year-over-year. The report also suggests that there are many companies that are still researching and developing their AI capabilities and are not ready to go public with them – a “promising” statistic for the future of AI.

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