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Secure Passage Survey: Firewall Management A Big Challenge

Poor firewall management practices lead to security gaps, compliance violations, substandard firewall performance, and premature device purchases
Overland Park, KS — Feb. 24, 2009 — Secure Passage, the leading provider of security analysis and compliance solutions for firewalls, routers and switches, today released the results from a survey of 253 IT network, firewall and security executives from Fortune 1000 companies in financial services, government, business services, and other industries. The survey revealed that poor firewall management practices lead to security gaps, compliance violations, substandard firewall performance, and premature device purchases. The survey also revealed that although organizations are experiencing more compliance and security challenges due to increasing firewall policy complexity, few know about solutions or have access to resources that can address these challenges.

"These results are shocking but not necessarily surprising," said Secure Passage CTO and Founder Jody Brazil. "Gartner reports have pointed out that firewall policy mismanagement leads to security problems, specifically breaches. This survey validates what Secure Passage has been seeing for years. It's alarming that there is so little understanding of the problem within the industry and that many organizations unnecessarily allocate massive amounts of resources to the problem. It is particularly disturbing when there are products on the market that can easily solve this problem."

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