The majority of businesses that have swapped from legacy to cloud security solutions have saved money as a result, new research suggests.
SASE provider Netskope recently polled 700 IT professionals in Germany and the UK on their intentions and practices as the world shifts to a remote-first approach. It found that nearly four in five European businesses have saved on hardware and appliance replacement as a result of the shift to the cloud.
Netskope says replacing “costly firewalls” (with Firewall-as-a-Service), in particular, produced savings for a fifth (21%) of IT teams, while many other businesses saved on VPN and bandwidth costs. Vendor consolidation has also created saving opportunities for a large proportion of firms (21%).
These are not just a handful of early adopters, either. Netskope says 99.5% of research respondents are “undertaking network and security transformation projects in the next five years”, with more than half already underway or lined up for the next twelve months.
However, challenges lie ahead. First, it’s not yet clear who should take responsibility for key transformation projects, nor who should pay. A quarter of IT leaders (27%) are leaving it up to the security team to fund both SASE and zero trust, while …read more
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