Aryaka report finds that hybrid work raises demand for SASE and zero-trust networking

April 1, 2024
The SD-WAN provider’s 2024 Secure Network Transformation Report found that most IT pros are vital tools for managing hybrid workforces.

Hybrid workforces and the adoption of cloud services may benefit businesses and workers alike, but these capabilities are creating a myriad of new security threats for CIOs, CISOs, and IT leaders. 

Aryaka's new report found that Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and SD-WAN are rapidly becoming essential tools for navigating this complex environment.

The Secure Network Transformation Report 2024 surveyed 202 IT, security and network professionals, director-level and above, across North America, EMEA and Asia. The findings illustrated a look at the industry's changing landscape and highlighted vital emerging trends:

Hybrid work drives the need for flexibility: The rise of hybrid work arrangements, coupled with hybrid infrastructure and security deployments, is fueling the need for adaptable and secure network solutions. Eighty-one respondents say hybrid work is driving demand for SASE and zero-trust networking. This highlights these technologies' critical role in connecting a complex, hybrid world.

SASE and SD-WAN interest rises: The survey found that 84% of respondents believe SASE is either "mature" or "somewhat mature," with an even higher number (91%) saying the same about SD-WAN. This maturation positions SASE and SD-WAN as trusted, complementary tools for modern network security strategies. SASE integrates security features with SD-WAN's network optimization capabilities, simplifying management and strengthening security.

Network and Security Convergence: A sizable majority (70%) of respondents indicated that they see value in converging SASE and SD-WAN solutions. The primary benefits of doing so are multi-pronged. 34% want more robust network operations and security, 24% want less operational burden, and 19% want vendor consolidation.

Zero-Trust Networking: As more organizations embrace hybrid work, securing access points becomes paramount. The survey revealed that 64% of respondents consider zero-trust security a crucial component of SASE for hybrid work deployments.

The Secure Network Transformation Report 2024 also considers how the growth of cloud-based applications and services, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), has strained traditional network architectures. Aryaka’s report found that 67% of respondents see managed services and SASE playing a more significant role in managing these complex environments.

Additionally, the report explores the shift in enterprises moving away from expensive legacy Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services. 76% plan to eliminate MPLS in the immediate future or in the next 2-3 years. Moreover, 10% of respondents have already eliminated MPLS.

"Our report shows that the IT and network security landscape is undergoing a major transformation driven by the rise of hybrid work models and the ever-increasing adoption of AI and cloud-based applications and services," said Pete Harteveld, Chief Revenue Officer at Aryaka.

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