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Fortinet Global Zero Trust Report Finds Majority of Organizations are Actively Implementing Zero Trust But Many Still Face Integration Challenges

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

John Maddison, EVP Products and CMO at Fortinet

“The Fortinet 2023 State of Zero Trust Report shows that although more organizations are implementing a zero-trust strategy, they still face challenges related to integration. To successfully implement zero trust, organizations need solutions that are designed to converge networking and security and have the ability to span multiple environments, such as Fortinet Universal ZTNA and Universal SASE.”

News Summary
Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced the findings from its global 2023 State of Zero Trust report. The results provide an overview of the current state of zero-trust security efforts and the progress IT teams have made following the pandemic-initiated need to secure remote workers. The report also delves into the continuing challenges many organizations face in securing a hybrid workforce.

Key findings from the State of Zero Trust Report include:

  • Organizations of all sizes are working to implement zero-trust strategies. Since the last survey in 2021, companies have deployed more solutions as part of their zero-trust strategies. The number of respondents that report being in the process of implementation is 66%, up from 54% in 2021. Companies are working to enable zero trust everywhere to minimize the impacts of a breach.
  • Organizations continue to face challenges in implementing their zero-trust strategies. Although companies are moving forward, they still face challenges. Nearly half of respondents (48%) indicated that a lack of integration between the zero-trust solutions deployed on-premises and in the cloud is the most significant issue they need to address. Other reported challenges relate to end-to-end policy enforcement, application latency, and a lack of reliable information to help select and design a zero-trust solution.
  • Solutions must cover both on-premises and remote users with a consistent application access policy and success has been mixed. Many companies need to secure access to applications both on-premises and outside of the network, and nearly 40% of respondents report still hosting more than half of their applications on-premises. It’s notable that 75% also have encountered issues because of relying on cloud-only ZTNA.
  • The consolidation of vendors and solution interoperability is crucial. Deploying solutions from multiple vendors has led to challenges such as the introduction of new security gaps and high operations costs. Larger companies in particular are looking to consolidate solutions to simplify operations and reduce overhead.
  • SASE is a priority. The top priorities for SASE solutions vary, but “security effectiveness” is the most significant, with 58% placing it in their top three priorities. According to 89% of respondents, SASE integration with their on-premises solutions is also very or extremely important.

Despite claims that everything is moving to the cloud, most organizations still have a hybrid application and data strategy in place. ZTNA needs to work no matter where applications and users are located, and respondents indicated that the top areas that a hybrid ZTNA strategy must cover include web applications (81%), on-premises users (76%), remote users (72%), on-premises applications (64%), and SaaS applications (51%).

About the Zero Trust Report:
The Zero Trust Report is based on a global survey of IT decision-makers aimed at better understanding how far along organizations are in their zero-trust journey. The survey is intended to better understand the following:

  • How well zero trust and ZTNA are understood
  • The perceived benefits and challenges in implementing a zero-trust strategy
  • Adoption of and the elements included in a zero-trust strategy

The survey was conducted from March 30-April 2, 2023 with 570 IT and security leaders from 31 different countries, representing nearly all industries, including the public sector.

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet's solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organization, develops and utilizes leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, and FortiGuard Labs.


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