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1 - Interest in Network and Security Services GrowsInterest in Network and Security Services Grows

Managed global WAN connectivity platforms and firewall-as-a-service offerings are high on the list of approaches being considered by IT organizations.

2 - Network Upgrade PlansNetwork Upgrade Plans

Among IT pros that plan to upgrade their networks in the next 12 months, 26% said a shift to a managed global WAN connectivity platform is the highest priority. 39% said they plan to eliminate some hardware, with servers (62%) and storage (52%) topping the list.

3 - Most Promising Network TechMost Promising Network Tech

Firewall-as-a-service leads the list at 41%, followed by cloud access broker software at 24% and SD-WANs at 20%.

4 - Types of WAN EmployedTypes of WAN Employed

•72% use tunnels to establish network connections.

•38% use MPLs connections.

•31% use software-defined WANs.

5 - Securing Branch Office TrafficSecuring Branch Office Traffic

•41% are splitting traffic at the branch office where they deployed a firewall.

•25% backhaul traffic over an MPLS connection where they use a firewall in the data center to protect data.

•13% split traffic at a branch office using a cloud gateway to protect data.

6 - Protecting the CloudProtecting the Cloud

24% of respondents use the same firewalls they have in their local data centers in the cloud, and 23% use the firewalls made available by the cloud service provider.

7 - Securing the Cloud for Mobile UsersSecuring the Cloud for Mobile Users

48% require mobile users to make use of a virtual private network (VPN) to access cloud services. Only 15% use cloud access broker software.

8 - Security Technologies UsedSecurity Technologies Used

Almost two-thirds of the respondents are relying on between two and five security solutions, and 26% have five or more in place.

9 - Areas of RiskAreas of Risk

Networks tops the list of risks at 58%, followed by mobile tech at 44%.

10 - Top Network Security ChallengesTop Network Security Challenges

•Cost of acquiring and managing appliances and software: 49%

•Enforcing endpoint security policies: 48%

•Integrating cloud and local data centers: 35%.

11 - Biggest WAN ChallengesBiggest WAN Challenges

•Network latency: 43%

•Cost of buying and managing appliances: 43%

•Cost of MPLS: 37%

•Mobile VPN access: 35%