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April 02, 2020

Survey reveals 53% of DACH organisations plan to implement Zero Trust capabilities within the next 18 months although majority lack confidence to mitigate access threats

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 2, 2020 – Half of all organisations across the DACH region plan to implement Zero Trust capabilities over the next 18 months to mitigate growing cyber risks, although less than a third (29%) have confidence to mitigate access security threats, according to the 2020 DACH Region Secure Access Report released by IDG Connect and Pulse Secure.

The 2020 DACH Region Secure Access Report surveyed more than 350 senior decision makers at midsized and larger enterprises including a fifth of respondents from the DACH region. The survey examined overall IT spending strategy, incidents, control gaps, operational capacity and technology tools.

In the survey, DACH region respondents found that the most impactful access security incidents were ‘Application unavailability, outage’ (86%), ‘Unauthorised resource access by privileged or service user/account access’ (81%), “Mobile or web application security exposure) (81%) and Malware (77%).

“Automating and invoking behaviour-based access enforcement” and “enabling access control consistency across hybrid IT environments” are the top Secure Access priorities for security professionals in the DACH regions, with each expressed by 91% of respondents.

The research indicated that the largest percentage (89%) of organisations recognise that they have poor user and device discovery. This suggests a need to examine current endpoint discovery tool capabilities, such as Network Access Control and other dynamic network scanner technologies, to properly identify, assess and enforce policy for connected devices, including IoT devices and those introduced by Shadow IT.

When it comes to enterprise toolsets, performance and scalability was valued the most by respondents followed by hybrid IT, end-user platform support, and depth of access intelligence – each cited as very important by 55% of survey participants. The research showed that organisations in the DACH region are using 2 to 3 tools per access security use case. Correspondingly, more than three-quarters of the respondents (77%) expressed a willingness to consider consolidating tools and exploring platforms and suites.

Among newer Secure Access architectures, interest in Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) technologies for multi-cloud access is clearly growing with 53% of organisations expecting to have an SDP project or pilot underway within the next 18 months. SDP enables trusted access directly between the user and their device to the application and resource. Surprisingly, nearly a third of respondents had no plans, were unfamiliar or had no knowledge of SDP.

Across the DACH region, 90% of respondents expect growth in Secure Access expenditure over the next 18 months, with the highest proportion (34%) seeing an increase between 5 and 15%. Over a third of those polled outsource some of their access security functions and data suggests that this trend is likely to grow by 10% over the next couple of years.

Commenting on the report, Thomas Mammitzsch, Sales Director for Central Europe at Pulse Secure said, “The DACH region matches the global picture of mid-market and larger organisations investing more in secure access while examining ways to streamline and simplify the process through automation and consolidation of tools. The region is also embracing options such as managed services to overcome the skills shortage and investing significantly as mobile workforce trends and work from home risks push secure access to the forefront of IT spending priorities.”

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