2011 ADC Security Survey—Global Findings


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F5 designed the 2011 ADC Security Survey to explore this issue. Specifically, the survey

• Threats - What are the hardest threats IT currently has to defend against?

• Effects - what is the effect of this new breed of threat on global organizations?

• Safeguards - How are traditional safeguards, such as firewalls, faring against the new threats?

• ADC Security - How does IT feel about using ADCs to augment traditional safeguards?

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2011 ADC Security Survey—Global Findings

  1. 1. ADC Security SurveyGlobal Key Findings
  2. 2. 2Methodology• Applied Research (by telephone) • APAC • Australia (2,000+ employees)• September 2011 • Hong Kong (2,000+ employees) • India (2,000+ employees)• 1,000 organizations (100/country) • China (2,000+ employees) • Japan (5,000+ employees)• Senior IT management • EMEA• Respondents with role >50% in: • Spain (2,000+ employees) • Network infrastructure (one fifth) • France (2,000+ employees) • Endpoints (one fifth) • Germany (2,000+ employees) • Applications (one fifth) • UK (5,000+ employees) • Security (not compliance related) (one fifth) • North America • System administration (one fifth) • United States (5,000+ employees) © F5 Networks, Inc.
  3. 3. 3Key Findings Summary• Attacks Getting More Difficult to Defend• Attacks Driving High Costs to Organizations• Traditional Safeguards Falling Short• IT Sees Role for ADCs for Security• Adopting of ADCs for Security is Growing © F5 Networks, Inc.
  4. 4. 4 Attacks Getting More Difficult to Defend • Most frequent are most difficult to defend AND highest impact:The ‘cyber attack index’ is comprised of frequency,difficulty to protect against, and impact on organization,as reported by the respondents © F5 Networks, Inc.
  5. 5. 5Attacks Driving High Costs to Organizations• 100% of organizations saw losses from cyber attacks• Typical cost: $682,000 in past 12 months © F5 Networks, Inc.
  6. 6. 6Traditional Safeguards Falling Short• 42% had a firewall fail due to network-layer DoS traffic load• 36% had a firewall fail due to app-layer DoS traffic load• 38% say safeguards understand traffic context less than ‘somewhat well’• 36% say safeguards protect against complex, blended threats less than ‘somewhat well’• 53% say network performance impact from safeguard ‘somewhat’ to ‘extremely challenging’ © F5 Networks, Inc.
  7. 7. 7IT Sees Role for ADCs for Security• Only 1 in 12 say traditional safeguards suffice• Half say ADCs can replace many or most traditional safeguards• 92% see specific roles © F5 Networks, Inc.
  8. 8. 8Adopting of ADCs for Security is Growing• One third to one half are already using ADCs for security• Nearly 100% are discussing © F5 Networks, Inc.
  9. 9. 9Recommendations• Build a unified framework• Make sure your safeguards understand context• Employ safeguards that are extensible and adaptable• Lean on your peers• Make sure your security infrastructure can scale © F5 Networks, Inc.
  10. 10. © 2011 F5 Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. F5, F5 Networks, the F5 logo, BIG-IP, ARX, FirePass, iControl, iRules, TMOS, and VIPRION are registered trademarks of F5 Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and in certain other countries