When IT teams neglect the power of networks

According to a study conducted by Forrester Research, an analytics company, and VMware, a network solutions company, the security and IT teams, in defining their strategies, 48% of information systems managers in France believe that it is very difficult to have perfect visibility of their network.

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This observation is at least surprising in the sense that the importance given to the network in connectivity and application linking is becoming increasingly popular. This problem of visibility at the network level is a concern that the majority of IT managers share. And for good reason, there is still an imbalance between the security teams and the IT teams and 32% of these managers have not yet planned to establish a strategy to consolidate the various sectors that are IT to security.

Moreover, of the teams involved in implementing the enterprise security strategy, only 40% of the teams dedicated to the network participate while 68% of its teams are used when executing the same strategy. This clearly demonstrates negligence.

All of this is at odds with several positions to place the network as a centrepiece in security resilience. In fact, almost 43% of European organisations have officially recognised this.

In addition, there is still an indecision on which team will be responsible for network security between security teams and IT teams. This has made it difficult so far to accurately determine the role of the network in computer security. "Companies are looking for the agility to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. This means the ability to effectively connect and secure any application – traditional or modern – consistently, from the data center to any work environment, through all clouds. They can do this through the Virtual Cloud Network. The network must be part of the DNA of any modern security, cloud computing and application deployment strategy. It should be seen as a strategic element of digital transformation and not as a mere tip," stresses Pierre Ardichvili, Network and Security Director at VMware France.

The Forrester and Vwmare study also proved something that should not be overlooked: the difference in priority for security teams and computer equipment. Indeed, security teams have a priority to minimize incidents to put you in harm's information system. For IT teams, the goal is to make the flow of the system's transaction more efficient. However, 36% of the managers surveyed believe that consolidating strategies between the different teams with the network at the centre could minimize the threat and increase the efficiency of the system. "Thanks to the network, the increase in connectivity is exponential and the adoption of multi-cloud to create, execute, manage and secure applications is facilitated, from the data center to the public cloud and peripheral cloud (…) At the heart of this strategy is the possibility that the network could be used to protect data throughout the organization, from start to finish.

However, this is only possible if the network is defined by software, and only through a cohesive and collaborative approach within the IT department. The virtual cloud provides connectivity and consistent and ubiquitous security for applications and data, wherever they are," noted Pierre Ardichvili. He concluded: "Safety should be seen more as a team sport, but many organizations continue to take a siloed approach. The key to the success of IT teams and security teams is to collaborate, sharing responsibilities and plans, and ensuring that every component of security, including networking, is integrated into the strategy from the start. ».

It can then be remembered that the network is an essential part that should not be set aside for the benefit of security or general computing.

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