Enterprise networks are getting bigger (and so are the worries)

Enterprise networks are getting bigger, and more complex as they grow. The responses to a survey of IT and telecommunications leaders conducted by Council Global Lead Partner Cisco yielded some very serious concerns — and hope that a solution would be among the current crop of emerging technologies. — Doug Peeples


As enterprise networks expand, the IT, telecom and network professionals surveyed said security, fraud and increasing complexity caused by the rapid growth of communications channels were their top three worries.

"In today's digital economy, enterprises face increasing operational complexities, heightened customer expectations and an unprecedented amount of chaos in the form of security breaches and communications overload that requires a higher level of network sophistication than ever before," explained Doug Suriano, senior VP and general manager for Oracle Communications.

A report based on the survey results, Enterprise Networks in Transition: Taming the Chaos, noted that 91% of the respondents agreed that security was among their top three worries. And more than a third of them cited security as their "…top challenge in relation to planning, deploying and managing their enterprise networks."

An Oracle news release explained, "As mobile devices continue to expand and redefine the network edge, security continues to be a top-of-mind issue."

Network market forecasts have also attributed the expansion to the increasing numbers of mobile workforces, Industrial Internet of Things growth, cloud applications and growing wireless network capabilities.

A total of 76% of the survey respondents said they need new solutions to gain better visibility and control over their networks and 71% said agreed that software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is essential.

Others (69%) said they planned to use biometrics for dealing with security issues and 57% were looking at artificial intelligence.

Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.