Remote working gives major boost to Zero Trust model

The Zero Trust model for network security has gained hugely in popularity following a pandemic-driven move to remote working, a recent investigation has revealed.


Research by VPN vendor NetMotion Software showed that more than 70% of organizations surveyed are considering adopting a Zero Trust approach to keeping their connectivity safe in order to facilitate home working. The Zero Trust model treats every part of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure — workers, devices, applications and data — as potentially risky. It has been popularised in recent years by vendors such as NetFoundry, Aruba Networks, Cisco, Palo Alto and Akamai.


Separate research, by independent analyst firm Dell’Oro Group, has indicated how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been for the market for IT security solutions. A recently published report from Dell’Oro showed how enterprises, forced to provide for unexpected numbers of teleworkers, have been driven to ramp up spending on content security products. Content security rose 16% in the early part of 2020, compared with the same figures from a year ago. On the other hand, many non-critical network infrastructure projects have been cancelled or postponed, resulting for example in a marked deceleration of the total firewall market, down 2% over 2019.


“The network security market was not immune to the pandemic in the first part of 2020,” said Mauricio Sanchez, Research Director, Network Security and Data Center Appliances with Dell’Oro. “We expect the pandemic to continue to cause revenue lumpiness for the rest of 2020, with winners and losers like in 1Q 2020, but anticipate that the high priority placed on security will help drive the market gradually back into a growth pattern.”


Dell’Oro identified some overall winners in the disrupted market. Cisco’s content security revenue was up 29% in early 2020, keeping it as overall leader with market share of 34%.   Firewall revenue market share for Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, and Fortinet made up over half of the market.


This forthcoming event will be a good source of further data on these topics.

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