Story image

​Security concerns driving force behind rapid application adoption

12 Jan 2017

Accelerating cloud adoption is creating increased demand for security application services including WAF, DNSSEC, and DDoS protection, according to the latest survey from F5 Networks’ 2017 State of Application Delivery report.

As an increase in application services often requires additional resources, the results of the report indicated a shift toward DevOps methodologies to gain operational efficiencies through automation and programmability. 

According to F5 Networks, this need for scalability replaces speed to market as the prime driver of DevOps adoption.

“Applications are becoming central to Asia Pacific’s business strategies as the on-demand economy increasingly calls for speed and efficiency,” explains Emmanuel Bonnassie, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, F5 Networks.

“More than ever, the 2017 State of Application Delivery study shows that a new dynamic has emerged as this shift towards faster, smarter and safer customer experiences means that businesses are increasingly relying on a mobile and application centric IT for a tech savvy workforce,” he says.

Survey Highlights

Survey responses came from around the globe, spanning industries like government, financial services, technology, and education. Respondents’ roles ranged from infrastructure, IT security, application development, and DevOps to the executive suite.

Key takeaways include:

·         Security is the number-one priority, and the increasing sophistication of attacks is the top challenge: Security teams are expanding beyond traditional firewalls and the legacy enterprise perimeter as a response to hackers increasingly targeting the application. Globally, the top security services being planned for deployment are DDoS mitigation (21 percent), DNSSEC protection (25 percent), and Web Application Firewall services (20 percent). According to the survey, companies --including those identifying as cloud-first organisations-- that are most confident in their ability to withstand an application-level attack have a WAF installed.

·         2017 will usher in an era of cloud expertise: It’s a multi-cloud world today, with four out of five respondents adopting hybrid cloud, and nearly one-third (32 percent) of respondents stating they will purchase public cloud IaaS solutions this year, up dramatically from 25 percent in 2016. Furthermore, the more apps a company has deployed, the greater motivation to reap the operational benefits of the cloud, with respondents running the largest number of applications (3,000+) reporting the highest percentage of apps in the cloud.

·         The number of deployed app services continues to rise. On average, organisations report that they have 14 app services deployed today (up from an average of 11 app services in 2016) — and they plan to deploy an average of 17 in the next 12 months.

·         Operational scale and programmability rise to the top for DevOps. With the increases in app services and the continued expansion of cloud, organisations are turning to automation and orchestration to scale operations across environments. As a resultover half of respondents now view API-enabled infrastructures and templates as important, up from 31 percent and 22 percent last year, respectively. Scalability and OpEx reduction remain the top two drivers for use of SDN frameworks, and companies are increasingly showing a tendency toward standardisation, with 39 percent relying on only one framework in 2017, compared to 32 percent in 2016.

Oracle updates enterprise blockchain platform
Oracle’s enterprise blockchain has been updated to include more capabilities to enhance development, integration, and deployment of customers’ new blockchain applications.
Used device market held back by lack of data security regulations
Mobile device users are sceptical about trading in their old device because they are concerned that data on those devices may be accessed or compromised after they hand it over.
Gartner names ExtraHop leader in network performance monitoring
ExtraHop provides enterprise cyber analytics that deliver security and performance from the inside out.
Symantec acquires zero trust innovator Luminate Security
Luminate’s Secure Access Cloud is supposedly natively constructed for a cloud-oriented, perimeter-less world.
Palo Alto releases new, feature-rich firewall
Palo Alto is calling it the ‘fastest-ever next-generation firewall’ with integrated cloud-based DNS Security service to stop attacks.
The right to be forgotten online could soon be forgotten
Despite bolstering free speech and access to information, the internet can be a double-edged sword, because that access to information goes both ways.
Opinion: 4 Ransomware trends to watch in 2019
Recorded Future's Allan Liska looks at the past big ransomware attacks thus far to predict what's coming this year.
Red Box gains compliance boost with new partnership
By partnering with Global Relay, voice platform provider Red Box is improving the security of its offerings for high-value and risk voice data.