Technology trends form a large part of reporting here. Another trend is companies sending out questionnaires and publishing reports. This one from Xage Security asked about manufacturers’ opinions regarding zero trust adoption.


  • Manufacturers are worried about data sharing – 90% of respondents in the manufacturing industry are concerned with sharing data outside the organization, either via cloud services or with third parties.
  • Industries are embracing transformation at varying speeds – Manufacturing leads the charge, with 90% agreeing that integrating IT / OT and digital transformation is a pathway to progress. However, oil & gas is lagging at 35% in agreement. 
  • Most organizations have adopted zero trust principles – 72% have started adopting zero trust principles, with 31% currently in the process of crafting a strategy for zero trust deployment.

“While zero trust is not a one-size-fits-all model, the data shows that organizations are evolving their understanding of zero trust as a strategy to enhance the safety, security, and reliability of both their enterprise IT and OT environments,” said Jonathon Gordon, Industry Analyst at Takepoint Research. “The industrial world is taking action and recognizes the necessity to expedite zero trust adoption to keep our nation’s—and world’s—critical infrastructure safe from cyberattacks.”

Xage partnered with Takepoint Research to survey 250+ cybersecurity senior leaders across critical infrastructure organizations, energy, utilities, transportation, oil and gas and manufacturing. Data was collected from December, 2023 through February, 2024.

“Amidst market confusion surrounding various zero trust strategies, it is evident that organizations are now diligently navigating through them and honing their approaches,” said Sri Sundaralingam, SVP of Marketing at Xage. “The survey results underscore the increasing adoption of zero trust across industrial sectors, aimed at mitigating crucial business risks while propelling digital transformation alongside new business initiatives.”

Get the full Zero Trust Report here.

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