New Research from One Identity Characterizes Zero Trust as a Core Element of a Contemporary Cybersecurity Strategy, Highlights Common Barriers to Success

  • Survey of over 1,000 IT security pros reveals that 75% of organizations characterize Zero Trust as critically or very important to bolstering their overall cyber maturity
  • Only 14% report they have already implemented a Zero Trust strategy
  • Lack of clarity (32%) remains the top barrier to Zero Trust adoption; only 1 in 5 security stakeholders are confident in their organization’s understanding of Zero Trust

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One Identity, a leader in unified identity security, today released global survey findings that unpack the current state of Zero Trust awareness and adoption across the enterprise. As Zero Trust awareness continues to rise on the heels of the U.S. White House’s “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity” that was released in May, and a year plagued by one disastrous cybersecurity incident after another, new findings from One Identity reveal that only 1 in 5 security stakeholders are confident in their organizations’ understanding of Zero Trust.

According to the Dimensional Research-conducted survey of 1,009 IT security professionals, Zero Trust is a main security priority for most organizations, but comprehensive understanding and adoption of the Forrester-founded framework remains inconsistent. While 75% of organizations recognize Zero Trust as being critically or very important to bolstering overall cybersecurity posture, only 14% report that they have fully implemented a solution. Another 39% of organizations have begun to address this important need, and an additional 22% noted that they plan to implement Zero Trust over the course of the next year.

Among key barriers to widespread Zero Trust success is a lack of clarity on how adoption can be achieved. ​​61% of security professionals are focusing their implementation on reconfiguring access policies, while 54% believe it begins with identifying how sensitive data moves throughout the network. While 51% are implementing new technology to achieve Zero Trust.

In total, a substantial 32% of security teams lack a comprehensive understanding of how Zero Trust should be implemented within their organization. Other key barriers to Zero Trust adoption include competing priorities (31% are too busy with other daily priorities), and beliefs that Zero Trust can hinder business productivity (for example, 31% erroneously believe that Zero Trust security models impact employee productivity).

“Organizations recognize that the traditional perimeter is no longer enough and that they will be best served by prioritizing identity security and taking steps to ensure bad actors are limited once they gain access,” said Bhagwat Swaroop, president and general manager, One Identity. “Zero Trust is fast becoming an enterprise imperative because it eliminates vulnerable permissions and excessive access by delivering a continuum of different rights across the organization to ultimately limit attack surfaces if they are breached.”

One Identity’s Unified Identity Security Platform enables organizations to make Zero Trust a reality. By providing 360-degree visibility across all identities (human, machine, and proliferating accounts caused by changes in how and where we work), the ability to verify everything before granting access, and adaptive security controls, organizations can reduce risk from cyberattacks, and limit damage from crippling and expensive breaches. To learn more, visit here.

A free executive summary and key findings of the survey results announced today is available online here. Dimensional Research conducted the One Identity-commissioned research, which surveyed 1,009 IT security stakeholders globally between September 8 and September 27, 2021.

About One Identity
One Identity delivers unified identity security solutions that help customers strengthen their overall cybersecurity posture and protect the people, applications and data essential to business. Our Unified Identity Security Platform brings together best-in-class Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), Identity and Access Management (IAM), Privileged Access Management (PAM) and Active Directory Management and Security (ADMS) capabilities to enable organizations to shift from a fragmented to a holistic approach to identity security. One Identity is trusted and proven on a global scale – managing more than 250 million identities for more than 5,000 organizations worldwide. For more information, visit

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