Asia-Pacific (APAC) service providers (SPs) are especially concerned over their security infrastructure as they increasingly embrace adoption of new technologies, such as distributed clouds, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.

Juniper-Ovum find increased adoption of distributed clouds, IoT, 5G have introduced additional security susceptibilities

NYSE-listed Juniper Networks in association with Ovum Research, in a study, have found that Asia-Pacific (APAC) service providers (SPs) are especially concerned over their security infrastructure as they increasingly embrace adoption of new technologies, such as distributed clouds, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.

The report’s findings revealed that only one-quarter of SPs surveyed are very satisfied with their existing security infrastructure, with the majority planning heavy investment into security over the next two years.

The research has figured that to better address the requirements of today and tomorrow, new architectures need to be adopted with security postures that are sufficiently agile to change alongside evolving requirements and without becoming a bottleneck to networking performance. This means scaling up to handle increased capacity while scaling out to accommodate fast-increasing volumes of IoT endpoints and increased signaling and session demands of edge distribution.

“Network deployments have changed significantly over the past few years. Service providers are rapidly moving to the cloud and adopting new technologies, such as IoT and 5G, which will redefine the way we live, work and play. All of these are heavily dependent on the network, and enterprises are increasing spending on security to protect new and existing infrastructure,” said Ang Thiam Guan, VP & GM, APAC, Juniper Networks. “As this transformation occurs, we need to encourage a more all-encompassing view of security, rather than focus on the perimeter. The network itself should be seen as the first line of defense, especially as the scale, demands and usage patterns on infrastructure continue to evolve and grow.” 

The report polled 51 IT decision-makers from SPs across APAC, including in Singapore, China, Australia, Japan, Korea, and India. Data from this research was used together with data from an international survey of 100 decision-makers from SPs globally, conducted by Heavy Reading.

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