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Four out of five organizations plan to begin zero trust rollout within one year

Ericom Software has published results from its inaugural Zero Trust Market Dynamics Survey. The survey was designed to assess the market’s perception of the zero trust security framework, explore organizations’ plans for adoption and implementation, and identify key issues that inhibit their moves to zero trust.

Over a decade after the zero trust security concept was first introduced, survey results indicate that zero trust solutions are being widely adopted. Spurred by the recent sharp increase in ransomware and other sophisticated cyberattacks, the majority of organizations – 80 percent – have concrete plans to enable zero trust security solutions within the next year, with over half planning to begin implementation during 2021.

Of the almost 1300 security and risk professionals who participated in the July 2021 survey, 83 percent indicated that they consider zero trust to be an essential strategy for their organizations.

Almost all respondents believe that adopting a zero trust cybersecurity approach is essential for preventing or limiting the success of cyber attacks. The most popular area of initial focus for respondents' zero trust security programs is identity and access management, followed by network security and web security.

While respondents are bullish on the necessity of adopting a Zero Trust security approach, they are less confident in their abilities to successfully implement solutions. Over 70 percent feel that having a partner to help implement zero trust would speed the process, while budget restrictions and prioritization of other strategic security initiatives are most likely to delay zero trust programs from the business perspective. From an IT perspective, respondents identified legacy technology and complexity associated with defining and implementing zero trust security policies as significant barriers to successful implementation.

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