Digital transformation goes hand-in-hand with Zero Trust security

Forward-looking organizations are investing in Zero Trust security and strong MFA, modern app development, IaaS, and digital transformation, a recently released Okta report has shown.

Current situation and expectations

Based on the answers by 1,050 IT, security, and engineering decision makers at global companies (from a wide variety of industries) with over $1 billion in revenue:

  • 63% of the companies are expected to increase the number of contractors and remote workers
  • 59% are either actively working to secure themselves with a Zero Trust philosophy or are beginning to build the strategy into a formal plan (and it seems that the the drive towards Zero Trust is being led from the management layers in IT, rather than the boardroom)
  • 50% are either actively working to digitize their business and technology or are beginning to build the strategy into a formal plan
  • 60% are expected to increase IaaS adoption
  • 55% are deploying a multi-cloud strategy and 65% are expected to increase the number of clouds they run in the coming year
  • 62% of the respondents expect their company’s cloud application “end state” to be between 10% to 50% of apps running in the cloud

86% of the companies are investing in at least one Agile application development technology (containerization, continuous delivery, Functions-as-a-Service, microservices – with CD and microservices being most popular), and 90% of the companies investing in either one or more of “forward-looking” technologies (AI, augmented reality, blockchain and IoT – with AI and IoT being most popular).

“Expectations around digital transformation are high, as IT, security, and engineering decision makers expect significant and often long-term returns for undertaking such initiatives. When asked to rank their expected benefits of digital transformation, respondents picked improve customer experience (19%), keep an edge against competitors (16%), and grow into new markets (16%) most frequently for the #1 spot,” Okta noted.

This article originally appeared on helpnetsecurity.com.  To read the full article, click here.

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