Top 2021 Zero Trust adoption trends
Microsoft Security recently released Zero Trust Adoption Report 2021. In this report, Microsoft interviewed and surveyed more than 1200 security decision makers over a 12-month timeframe. This review showcases the Zero Trust adoption progress for organizations across diverse markets and industries.
Following the top 5 highlights of the report:
1.Zero Trust is now the top security priority. 96 percent of security decision-makers state that Zero Trust is critical to their organization’s success. Now that it’s been proven, the future of security firmly includes an emphasis on Zero Trust. When asked for top reasons of Zero Trust adoption, organizations cite increased security and compliance agility, speed of threat detection and remediation, and simplicity and availability of security analytics.
2.Familiarity and adoption are growing rapidly. 90 percent of the security decision-makers we surveyed are familiar with Zero Trust and 76 percent are in the process of implementation—an increase from the last year of 20 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
3.Hybrid work is driving adoption. The shift to hybrid work, accelerated by COVID-19, is also driving the move towards broader adoption of Zero Trust with 81 percent of organizations having already begun the move toward a hybrid workplace. Zero Trust will be critical to help maintain security amid the IT complexity that comes with hybrid work.
4.More than half believe they’re ahead of their peers. 52 percent say that they are ahead of where they planned to be in their Zero Trust adoption, and 57 percent believe they are ahead of other organizations. It’s clear that the last 18 months have had a significant impact on adoption and organizations are getting more confident and efficient in their efforts.
5.Zero Trust will remain a top priority with additional budget expected. More than half of respondents expect the relative importance of their Zero Trust strategy to increase by 2023. And not surprisingly, 73 percent expect their Zero Trust budget to increase. As organizations realize the additional benefits of Zero Trust and leaders continue to pull ahead, we expect to see an increase in these numbers.
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