Surge in remote work propels network visibility to top cyber concern

IT teams require better visibility into their networks due to the Coronavirus disruption and rise of remote working, with 73 per cent of security professionals demanding it in order to enhance cyber security efforts and speed remediation.

This is one of the findings from VIAVI Solutions' 13th annual State of the Network global study of enterprise networking and security challenges.

Nearly 60 per cent of study respondents noted the need for greater visibility into remote user experiences. For the first time since the study began, the top challenge for troubleshooting applications was the ability to understand end-user experience - at nearly 47 per cent.

Roughly three out of four respondents agreed or strongly agreed that security operations teams need better visibility into network infrastructure to enhance cyber security efforts.

Meanwhile, more than half of survey respondents (54 per cent) have already deployed Internet of Things devices, yet only 57 per cent of those have a mechanism in place to monitor those devices; leaving their networks exposed to vulnerabilities.

“As remote working becomes the new norm, IT teams are challenged to find and adapt technologies, such as flow-based reporting to manage bandwidth consumption, VPN oversubscription and troubleshooting applications," said said Charles Thompson, senior director for enterprise and cloud at VIAVI. “By empowering NetOps, as well as application and security teams with network visibility, IT can mitigate the impact of disruptive migrations, incidents and new technologies like SD-WAN to achieve consistent operational excellence."

Results were compiled from more than 400 respondents, including network engineers, IT directors, security engineers and chief information officers from around the world.

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