More than three-quarters of panelists in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) forum say their company's overall knowledge about software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) security is either good or excellent. The 11 panelists in this month's forum are service provider experts in SD-WAN.
The panelists were asked to grade their company's current level of knowledge concerning SD-WAN security, and the majority gave their companies a B score. One such panelist, who said his company already has three SD-WAN projects in progress, including one already in production, said, "To improve SD-WAN security, we need clearer business requirements to understand SD-WAN's position within the product portfolio. We also should move the data center to OpenStack to host SD-WAN in a more distributed way."
About 35 percent of panelists surveyed say their companies have completely implemented a full security strategy for SD-WAN, and another 25 percent say they will have done so by the end of this year.
The Council circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how service providers are really responding to important industry technologies and trends. What makes this initiative so unique is that participants discuss issues in a completely anonymous forum, enabling them to share insights and express business realities that otherwise could not be shared.
‘SD-WAN Focus Group: Security Good for Now, but Don't Rest on Laurels ’ was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are experts on SD-WAN. This focus group was asked 10 questions about overall security, technology and outside influences related to SD-WAN security. The results clearly indicate that service providers believe they're doing a good job on SD-WAN security but need to consider some enhancements to continue doing so.
TLC members were asked to grade their company's current level of knowledge regarding security for SD-WAN, using a traditional grading system in which A=excellent, B=good, C=average, D=needs improvement and F=failing. Results are shown in the excerpt below. Forty-six percent of panelists gave a score of B, indicating their company's overall knowledge of SD-WAN security is good job, while 36 percent of panelists gave a score of A, indicating the level of knowledge about SD-WAN security is excellent.
‘SD-WAN Focus Group: Security Good for Now, but Don't Rest on Laurels ’ is published in PDF format.
Table of Contents
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- Key Findings
- About the Thought Leadership Council
- Figure 1: Grade your company's overall current level of knowledge regarding security for SD-WAN
- Figure 2: How far along is your company in terms of implementing its SD-WAN security plan?
- Figure 3: What is the greatest driver for SD-WAN security in your company today?
3. TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
- Figure 4: Grade your company in relation to SD-WAN security on the following factors
- Figure 5: Does your company view these technologies as Critical, Somewhat Important or Not Important to its SD-WAN security plans?
- Figure 6: How would you rate SD-WAN security in terms of your company's overall budget?
4. OUTSIDE INFLUENCERS
- Figure 7: What is your customers' expectation of SD-WAN security?
- Figure 8: When will your company experience a security breach that directly affects an SD-WAN service?
- Figure 9: How would you rate the impact of standards bodies in terms of your company's SD-WAN security plans?
- What Can Vendors Do to Empower Service Providers as They Address SD-WAN Security?