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THE TIMES OF INDIA, NEW DELHI


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Networks are getting younger


ORGANISATIONS ARE STARTING TO EMBRACE
WORKPLACE MOBILITY,IOT,AND SOFTWAREDEFINED NETWORKING STRATEGIES

nterprises across the


globe are refreshing
their network
equipment earlier in its
lifecycle in a move to
embrace workplace
mobility, Internet of
Things, and softwaredefined networking
strategies. In addition, their
equipment refresh is more
strategic, with
architectural vision in
mind. But, despite the
higher refresh rate,
networks are getting less
secure, largely due to
neglected patching.
These are some of the
highlights in the annual
Network Barometer Report
by Dimension Data.

First published in 2009,


the 2016 Network
Barometer Report was
compiled from data
gathered from 300,000
service incidents logged
for client networks that
Dimension Data supports.
Dimension Data also
carried out 320 technology
lifecycle management
assessments covering
97,000 network devices in
organisations of all sizes
and all industry sectors
across 28 countries.
According to the report,
in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and
Australia, enterprises'
network age reduced in line
with the global average,
while in the Americas, the

number of ageing and


obsolete devices decreased
much faster, from 60% in
the 2015 Report to 29% in
the 2016 Report. This can be
attributed to the release of
pent-up spend following
four years of financial
constraint. Clients in the
Americas appear to be
refreshing networks with
the new generation of
programmable
infrastructure. In AsiaPacific and Australia,
equipment refresh
occurred as part of data
centre network redesigns.
In contrast to the global
trend, in Middle East and
Africa, the network age
increased, possibly the
result of economic
uncertainty, particularly in
South Africa.
Meanwhile, of the 97,000
network devices that
Dimension Data

discovered, the number of


devices that have at least
one known security
vulnerability increased
from 60% in the 2015 Report
to 76% in the 2016 Report the highest figure in five
years.
In Asia-Pacific and the
Americas, networks are
slightly less vulnerable respectively 49% and 66%,
compared to 61% and 73%
in the previous edition. In
Europe, the rise in network
vulnerabilities has been
very steep over the last
three years, hiking from
26% in 2014 to 51% in 2015
and to 82% in the 2016
Report. Network
vulnerability has also risen
in organisations in the
Middle East and Africa over
the last three years. In
Australia, 87% of network
devices have at least one
known vulnerability.