Survey Reveals Organizations Are Unprepared for Changing Security Demands

  Survey Reveals Organizations Are Unprepared for Changing Security Demands

  BYOD, virtualization, and the increasing complexity of threats create the
             greatest impact on today’s enterprise organizations

RSA Conference 2013

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- March 4, 2013

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) today announced the findings of its 2013 RSA
Security Trends Survey, which revealed that organizations are struggling to
keep pace with the changing face of security. Respondents were RSA attendees
with IT responsibilities over planning, management, oversight, or
implementation of security. The results show that security trends such as
virtualization (73%), BYOD (66%) and the complexity of attack types (72%) have
the greatest impact on securing today’s organizations. Nearly half of
respondents admit that traditional safeguards are less than adequate in
protecting against threats related to these trends, with roughly one-third of
respondents reporting that their security readiness is inadequate.

Key Findings

Security is changing, from the type of threats to those driving the threats.

When asked what security trends have the greatest impact on an organization’s
ability to achieve the level of security it desires, respondents answered:

  *Virtualization (73%)
  *The increasing complexity of threats (ex: Distributed Denial of Service
    attacks) (72%)
  *BYOD (use of employee-owned devices such as smartphones for business use)
    (66%)
  *The change in the bad guys (from hackers to espionage and political
    motivation) (62%)
  *The shift from data center focused infrastructure to cloud-based
    infrastructure (61%)
  *The shift from traditional client-server applications to web-based
    applications (60%)

BYOD is seen as critical in an organization’s ability to achieve the level of
security it desires, yet a sizeable number of organizations are not taking the
appropriate steps to address it.

  *Most (75%) see BYOD as being prevalent in their organization.
  *Furthermore, two-thirds (66%) see BYOD as having a somewhat to extremely
    high impact on security.
  *Despite this, one-third (35%) say they are not prepared to provide
    adequate security to protect against threats associated with BYOD.

Organizations are unprepared to properly address the shift to web-based
applications and cloud-based infrastructure.

  *Nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents see the shift to web-based
    applications as a trend affecting security, yet 37% of respondents’
    organizations are not providing adequate security to protect against
    potential threats.
  *Sixty-six percent of respondents see the shift to cloud-based
    infrastructure as a trend affecting security, yet 49% of respondents’
    organizations are not providing adequate security to protect against
    potential threats.

Threats are moving beyond the capability of traditional security safeguards.

There is a wide range of IT trends making security more complex. Below are the
percentages of respondents who felt traditional safeguards were less than
adequate in protecting against threats related to a variety of current IT
trends:

  *The shift from traditional client-server applications to web-based
    applications (44%)
  *The shift from data center focused infrastructure to cloud-based
    infrastructure (49%)
  *BYOD (use of employee-owned devices such as smartphones for business use)
    (45%)
  *Increased external threats (spam and malware) (39%)
  *The increasing complexity of threats (ex: Distributed Denial of Service
    attacks) (48%)
  *The change in the bad guys (from hackers to espionage and political
    motivation) (47%)
  *Increasing insider threats (49%)

“The security landscape continues to change rapidly and many organizations are
struggling to properly address evolving threats,” said Mark Vondemkamp, VP of
Product Management for Security at F5. “Companies will do well to proactively
address trends like BYOD and cloud security, but they should also look to
raise their game in terms of threat detection and mitigation. With employee
behavior, business priorities, and infrastructure demands further expanding
traditional threat vectors, the proper tools and procedures are essential in
maintaining a healthy level of security.”

Recommendations and Best Practices

To prepare for threats posed by emerging security trends, F5 recommends
organizations have:

  *Centralized, flexible access policy controls that provide comprehensive
    protection and keep users productive.
  *A DNSSEC solution that delivers security, improved performance, and global
    availability.
  *A secure web application firewall and comprehensive, policy-based approach
    to web application security in addressing emerging threats at the
    application level.

F5 Networks 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey

The F5 Networks 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey is a result of research
conducted on the exhibit floor at last week’s RSA conference in San Francisco.
Conference attendees were asked two initial qualifying questions to promote
the validity of the survey results. More than 150 qualified respondents were
then asked a total of five questions surrounding security trends.

Additional Resources

  *RSA Security Trends Survey Results
  *RSA Security Survey Results – Video
  *BYOD 2.0: Moving Beyond MDM – White Paper
  *BYOD Policies: More than an IT Issue – DevCentral Blog Series
  *Mobile App Manager Deployment Service
  *F5 Application Delivery Firewall Solution Page
  *F5 Access Solutions Page

About F5 Networks

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organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver and protect
their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
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