Illumio Report Reveals Few Companies Protect Against Breaches with Segmentation
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Illumio, the leader in segmentation for workload security, today released the findings from a new report that investigated the state of segmentation as part of defense-in-depth. The findings show that despite the inevitability of security-related incidents, few organizations currently protect against the spread of breaches with segmentation – only 19 percent of the 300 IT professionals surveyed currently implement segmentation solutions today. While approximately 25 percent are actively planning a project, more than half are not protecting with segmentation at all or planning to in the next six months.
Organizations are Unprepared, Hoping for the Best
“The results from this survey confirm what we have long known. Despite the fact that organizations realize the likelihood of a security incident is high, they do not leverage segmentation because it is too hard and costly to implement, especially with firewalls, preventing wider adoption. This is why we have spent years developing a purpose-built segmentation solution used for security. It is simpler, more effective and drives the cost out of segmentation projects so organizations can consider a future free of high-profile breaches,” said Matt Glenn, VP of Product Management at Illumio.
A somewhat positive finding showed that 45 percent of respondents currently have a segmentation project in flight or are planning to begin one in the next six months. Of those who are planning a project, the survey found that 81 percent of respondents will leverage firewalls for segmentation, despite the fact that they are slow to implement, don’t adapt, are complex to work with, and were not built to serve this function.
Firewalls Are Falling Short
The size and complexity of firewalls also cause problems for organizations. The average time for respondents to deploy and tune firewalls for segmentation was one to three months. In addition, more than two thirds of respondents acknowledge that firewalls make it hard to test rules prior to deploying, making it easier to accidently misconfigure rules and break applications. Regardless of these downfalls, 57 percent cite potential risk induced by change as the leading reason why they do not stop using firewalls.
Segmentation as a practice is foundational to security frameworks like Zero Trust. According to Forrester Research’s Zero Trust website, “defending the perimeter is no longer an effective strategy. Zero Trust implements methods to localize and isolate threats through microcore, microsegmentation, and deep visibility to give you an organized approach to identify threats and limit the impact of any breach.”
Host-Based Security Segmentation is More Cost-Effective and Reliable
To download a copy of the report, visit: https://www.illumio.com/resource-center/research-report-state-of-security-segmentation