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Fortinet Asia-Pacific SASE Survey Shows Hybrid Worker Network Security Challenges

Fortinet Asia-Pacific SASE Survey

Fortinet released IDC's Asia-Pacific SASE findings from the survey. The report is based on a recent surveys of cybersecurity leaders in nine Asia-Pacific countries on hybrid work, including how it affected organizations in the past year and how they mitigated security risks from its adoption.

The Rise of the 'Branch-Office-of-One': 88% of Filipino respondents had a hybrid or fully remote working arrangement, and 58% had at least 50% of their employees working in hybrid mode. Employees are now "branch offices of one," working from home or other locations. Thus, 48% of Filipino respondents predict managed devices to rise by more than 100% in two years, with some expecting 400% growth. 76% of Filipinos expect unmanaged devices to expand above 50%. This will increase security breach complexity and danger, straining already overburdened IT security personnel.

The Need to Secure Cloud: Cloud computing and remote work are putting more users, devices, and data outside company networks. 30% of Philippine network-connected devices are unmanaged, increasing security risks. 76% of Filipino respondents forecast a 50% increase by 2025.

Increased Security Incidents: 62% of Philippine firms reported more than triple the number of security breaches due to hybrid work and the increasing number of managed and unmanaged connections. 94% of Filipino respondents reported a 2X increase in security incidents. Phishing, denial of service, data or identity theft, ransomware, and data loss are top security issues. Only 49% of organizations across Asia have specialized security personnel, making them more exposed to security attacks.

SASE: a Game-Changer for Hybrid Work: To improve safety and provide a uniform experience for remote workers, most Philippine businesses are planning to implement a Single-Vendor SASE solution. The need for a unified security posture for users both on and off the network, streamlined security policy management, and an enhanced user experience for remote workers has led many businesses to explore SASE.

SASE-managed networking and security services require a unified platform to streamline operations. 76% of Filipino respondents prefer a single networking and security vendor, and 82% are consolidating or planning to consolidate their IT security vendors. 54% of respondents chose a single vendor for cloud-delivered security services and SDWAN, citing decreased vulnerabilities, greater network performance, simplicity of setup, and integration and scalability challenges.

The survey was conducted among 450 cybersecurity leaders from 9 different locations across Asia (Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam). Survey respondents came from nine industries, including manufacturing (14%), Retail (13%), Logistics (14%), Healthcare (13%), FSI (10%), and Public Sector (11%).
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