New research sheds light on today’s biggest network security challenges  

Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report titled “The state of network security in 2021.” Commissioned by Barracuda, the research surveyed 750 IT decision makers responsible for their organization’s networking, public cloud, and security to get their perspectives on cloud adoption, working from home, security concerns, and a variety of issues and challenges related to cybersecurity risks.

Overall, the research shows that network breaches, ransomware attacks, and remote-work challenges underscore the need for cloud-native Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) deployments. Highlights from the report include:

  • 81% of respondents said their organization has been the victim of a security breach once in the last year.
  • Companies with staff working predominantly from home had a significantly higher network security breach rate (85%), compared to companies with staff working predominantly in the office (65%).  
  • A full 74% of those surveyed said their organization has been the victim of at least one ransomware attack in the last year.
  • On average, only 14% of employees at the businesses surveyed currently work in the office all the time.
  • A full 97% of respondents with company-issued devices share their home internet connection with other members of their household, so the risk of breach remains.
  • 73% of companies with all apps in the public cloud have already deployed SD-WAN, twice as many as companies with only a few apps in the public cloud (37%).
  • 68% of companies with all apps in the public cloud have deployed Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), while just 38% of companies with only a few apps in the public cloud have deployed it.
  • On average, organizations have 31 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps deployed.
  • On average, respondents said 64% of their traffic is directed to public cloud providers.

“Organizations are experiencing a high level of network breaches and facing ongoing connectivity and security challenges as they adapt to hybrid work environments,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP, Engineering for Data, Networks and Application Security, Barracuda. “But, they are realizing that moving to SaaS applications and the public cloud improves both the user experience and security, so they’re starting to embrace new SASE technologies.”


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Safe Security appoints Cherif Sleiman as Chief Revenue Officer to Head EMEA; expands into international markets

Safe Security, backed by British Telecom & John Chambers invests in international markets to drive next phase of growth

Safe Security, a pioneer in Cybersecurity & Digital Business Risk Quantification today announced its entry into the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, to build on its success in North America. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Safe Security helps organisations manage, measure and mitigate cyber risks with its breach likelihood prediction platform SAFE. Backed by marquee investors such as British Telecom Group, John Chambers and other prominent industry leaders, the company appointed Cherif Sleiman, a veteran industry leader to head the business for international markets.

Sleiman is a visionary technologist and ‘turnaround specialist’ who will focus on building Safe Security’s regional presence, go-to-market and channel strategy in the region. Over his illustrious career which spans over 26 years, he has held leadership positions at giants of the tech industry including Cisco, Nortel, Brocade and most recently Infoblox. As part of its business expansion strategy, Safe Security will significantly ramp up its investments in Europe, Middle East & Africa – regions that the company believes are key to its growth. It plans to hire more than 100 employees in the next 18 months in the region.

Reflecting on his appointment, Cherif said, “Cybersecurity is a global concern. For all of the time, money, and energy spent telling us how to protect ourselves including what to buy to do so, there’s little sense of actual progress when it comes to security. And that’s key, because safety is not about how much money we spend on products, analysts or investments, it is simply about Knowing. Safe Security is uniquely positioned to provide organisations with the knowledge necessary to better secure their organisations. The SAFE platform delivers 360 degree continuous, dynamic & intelligent quantitative cyber risk management and breach likelihood prediction by assessing People, IT Infrastructure, Cloud Presence, Saas Deployments and Third Party Partnerships. It streamlines the knowledge and language needed by all stakeholders, from the boardroom to the frontline security professionals, so accurate decisions and actions can be taken in a timely fashion. I am excited to join Safe Security and honoured by the trust they have in me. I am confident that we will grow exponentially in the next 2-3 years across international markets.”

Over the course of the last year, cyber security incidents have seen a dramatic increase globally. With the growing sophistication of cyber attacks, cybersecurity through generic red-amber-green heat maps is not enough. Safe Security is at the epicentre of this paradigm shift; they provide an enterprise-wide, objective, unified and real-time cyber risk quantification platform called SAFE. It aggregates automated signals across people, process technology and even third party entities that an organisation works with, to dynamically predict the breach likelihood (SAFE Score) & the financial risk of the breach, to an organisation. 

Saket Modi, Co-founder & CEO, Safe Security said, “With SAFE, we have created a brand new category of products within cybersecurity, and we are pioneering the shift from a project led, reactive risk management approach to one that is proactive, and enables the Board to truly understand cybersecurity in a de-jargonized manner. Our vision is to make the SAFE score the global de-facto standard for measuring and mitigating cyber risks and our expansion to international markets is central to this vision.  International markets are extremely strategic for us and I am ecstatic to have Cherif join us to lead our business in the EMEA region. Cherif is a proven business leader and I am confident that he will replicate our global success and make Safe Security the preferred partner for addressing customer’s needs in the region.”