Navigating Challenges in the Hybrid Enterprise: Insights on CISO Strategies for Success

As of 2023, almost 13% of full-time employees work from home, with over 28% working a hybrid model. Organizations are no longer relegated to centralized datacenters, but most aren’t fully remote or in the cloud: their data and operations increasingly follow a hybrid model. This shift is driven by distributed teams, including branch offices, work from home, and roaming work, as well as the benefits of scalability and flexibility offered by the cloud.

At the same time, in 2023 India received 2138 weekly attacks per organization, which is a 15% surge since 2022. According to Check Point’s Cloud Security Report, there is a critical surge in cloud security incidents, marking a significant increase from 24% in 2023 to 61% in 2024, highlighting the escalating complexity and frequency of cloud threats.

Adopting a hybrid environment is unavoidable, and Gartner anticipates that “By 2025, over 50% of network firewall deployments will involve more than two deployment factors from the same vendor — up from less than 10% in 2023.”1 While the benefits of this new ecosystem are vast, it increases the complexity of security and management.

As CISOs contend with balancing security with business needs, they must grapple with strengthening cyber resiliency across all infrastructure while managing multiple firewall types. They are thus faced with a new set of operational challenges that must guide their choices when designing a hybrid security framework and maintaining an acceptable security posture.

The best-of-breed approach of point solutions is often operationally unsustainable, prompting enterprises to choose a Hybrid Mesh Firewall platform.

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