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Rise in Remote Work Propels Network Visibility to Top Concern

By Chrissie Cluney

VIAVI Solutions has released the results of its 13th annual State of the Network Global Study of enterprise networking and security challenges.

The study shows that IT teams critically require better visibility into the network driven by a number of factors. These factors include the disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, relentless technological advances, remote working reaching an all-time high and the expanding of the security threat-scape. 73 percent of respondents revealed that security professionals need comprehensive visibility into network infrastructure to enhance cybersecurity efforts and speed remediation.

“As remote working becomes the new norm, IT teams are challenged to find and adapt technologies, such as flow-based reporting to manage bandwidth consumption, VPN oversubscription and troubleshooting applications. To guarantee the best performance and reduce cybersecurity threats, increasing network visibility is now a must for all businesses,” said Charles Thompson, senior director, Enterprise and Cloud, VIAVI Solutions Inc. “By empowering NetOps, as well as application and security teams with network visibility, IT can mitigate the impact of disruptive migrations, incidents and new technologies like SD-WAN to achieve consistent operational excellence. This year’s State of the Network study clearly demonstrates an increasing awareness of this fact among all IT stakeholders.”

Presently. in the global pandemic, infosec professionals are reporting a rise in cyberthreats. As enterprises increase connectivity, networks are even more exposed to vulnerabilities. More than half of respondents or 54 percent have already deployed IoT devices. While another 24 percent of respondents plan to do so in the next 12 months. Only 57 percent of the responders have a mechanism in place to monitor those devices.

In an age of dynamic disruption, IT is increasingly challenged to maintain optimal service delivery. At the same time still implementing remote working at an unprecedented scale. Nearly 60 percent of study respondents mention the need for greater visibility into remote user experiences.

For the first time in 13 years of the State of the Network study, the top challenge for troubleshooting applications is the ability to understand end-user experience, which is nearly 47 percent.

The study has drawn insight about network trends. It describes the challenges faced by IT teams. The results were compiled from more than 400 respondents, which include network engineers, IT directors, security engineers and CIOs from around the world.


Chrissie Cluney has been a correspondent for IoT Evolution World since 2015. She holds a degree in English with a concentration in writing from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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