KUALA LUMPUR – It is more critical than ever for companies in Malaysia to refresh the technologies and solutions in their cybersecurity infrastructure, according to findings of the latest study by Cisco. Titled, Security Outcomes Study Volume 2, the study highlighted that 60% of cybersecurity technologies used by companies in Malaysia are considered outdated by security and privacy professionals working at these organisations.
The study is based on a global survey of more than 5,100 security and privacy professionals across 27 markets. This includes more than 2,000 professionals from 13 markets in Asia-Pacific. The study aims to determine the most impactful measures teams can take to defend their organisations against the evolving threat landscape.
Respondents, including professionals from companies in Malaysia, shared their approaches to updating and integrating their security architecture, detecting, and responding to threats and staying resilient when disaster strikes.
Respondents from Malaysia also consider their cybersecurity infrastructure unreliable and complex, with 60% and 57% respectively highlighting this in the survey.
“The good news, though, is that companies in Malaysia are addressing this by investing in modern cybersecurity technologies and approaches to address this and improve their security posture. More than eight in 10 (81%) respondents in Malaysia said their company is investing in ‘Zero Trust’ strategy, with 53% saying their organization is making steady progress with adopting it and 27% saying they are at a mature state of implementing it,” said Cisco in a statement.
In addition, 84% respondents said their company is investing in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture, with 53% saying they are making good progress with adopting and 31% saying their implementation of the same is at mature levels.
“These two approaches are key to building a strong security posture for companies in the modern cloud-first and application-centric world.
“Organizations are facing multiple challenges while operating in this environment including, complexity in connecting users to applications and data across multiple cloud platforms, inconsistent security policies across disparate locations and networks, difficulty in verifying identity of users and devices, lack of end-to-end visibility of their security infrastructure, etc.,” Cisco said.
“The SASE architecture is widely seen as an effective way to addressing these challenges. Simply put, SASE combines networking and security functions in the cloud to deliver secure access to applications anywhere users work.
“Zero-Trust, meanwhile, is a simple concept that involves verifying the identity of each user and device every time they access an organisation’s network to reduce the security risk,” added Cisco.
The value of cloud-based security architectures cannot be overstated. According to the study, organisations that have mature implementations of Zero Trust or SASE architectures are 35% more likely to report strong security operations than those with nascent implementations.