Exploring the Financial Impact of Guardicore Centra on Organizations

Complex IT ecosystems coupled with fragile security protocols leave companies vulnerable to security attacks. As companies move toward Zero Trust, microsegmentation solutions help protect against bad actors on the network. Guardicore’s Centra Security Platform deploys an infrastructure-agnostic, agent-based approach to increase network visibility and security, enabling enterprise network security platforms to be more dynamic and agile while protecting against malicious actors.

Software-based segmentation has emerged as a superior option to traditional architectural network segmentation. Software-based segmentation is effective because it allows organizations to make changes and set automated policies to their environment, data center, and network to protect critical assets in real-time as the IT environment scales with organizations’ needs.

We recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total EconomicImpact™study to examine the potential return on investment enterprises may realize by deploying Guardicore Centra. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Guardicore Centra on their organizations.

To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester interviewed five decision-makers who used Guardicore Centra. For the purposes of this study, Forrester aggregated the interviewees’ experiences and combined the results into a single composite organization.

*The above statistics were calculated based on a span of three years.

Key benefits that customers experienced from the Guardicore Centra platform include:

  • Enhanced network visibility for data breach avoidance and reduced infiltration exposure translated to nearly $589,000 a year for the composite organization. As malware and ransomware attacks continue to be top of mind for chief technology officers and chief data officers, maintaining the highest level of data and privacy protection is paramount for organizations. Furthermore, failures to prevent major network breaches can be extremely costly. Accounting for the potential cost and lowered probability of a security breach, the composite organization now saves nearly $589,000 annually.
  • Time spent performing incident management efforts was reduced by roughly 65% for the composite organization. Reducing the effort needed to investigate and remediate the average network alert or incident across security and IT operations teams is becoming increasingly important as clandestine network threats become more difficult to identify and thwart. Over three years, the present value of incident management efforts that are no longer needed with Guardicore Centra is worth nearly $3.3 million to the composite organization.
  • Streamlined posture and policy management capabilities increased security operations productivity by 95% for the composite organization. Most interviewees had limited capabilities in developing, building, and deploying posture policy, and most of what they had was manual. These workflows resulted in inefficient and time-consuming operational efforts that hinder development speeds. Manually enforcing policy also introduces risk and limits an organization’s ability to scale security controls. Using Guardicore Centra, organizations greatly reduced the effort required to implement and enforce policy. According to a 2020 Ponemon study, more than 53% of organizations are moving away from legacy firewalls due to cost and the inability to stop cyberattacks. Guardicore Centra offers an effective alternative to, and cost savings on, firewall investments.

“We wanted visibility. We wanted to be able to control [our network] at a moment’s notice. We wanted to be able to put very specific and granular rules into place that stop certain traffic but allow it during certain times of the day or under extreme circumstances. We wanted something that was extremely robust and gave us a lot of capabilities,” said the director of enterprise security at a telecommunications company interviewed for the study.

Download the study for the full analysis, as well as customer testimonials, deployment considerations, integration insights, and other key findings.

This blog post highlights the key findings of a case study commissioned by Guardicore titled The Total Economic Impact™ of Guardicore, an Akamai Technologies Company (November 2021).

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