“These findings are of great concern for security professionals, as they show that the effects of the current economic environment are starting to reshape the way that IT security is deployed within organizations - and not always for the better,” said Shaul Efraim, Tufin's vice president of Marketing and Business Development. "From an audit and governance perspective, this is potentially bad news, as it means that much needed improvements to business and management processes are being subverted by financial cuts. This cannot be good for any organization over time."
In 2012, 62 percent of respondents report the average firewall rule base has 100’s of rules. This is a 14 percent increase from the previous survey conducted in 2011, which speaks to the growing complexity of large enterprise networks. 65 percent of respondents reported that they manage four or more separate network security consoles – with 32 percent managing more than 10. This might explain why 62 percent of respondents reported that they or someone they knew had been asked to make a configuration change that was against their better judgment. With almost half of respondents reporting that they plan to deploy next generation firewalls in the coming year, the complexity issue is bound to remain a problem.
However, the survey did reveal that only ten percent of respondents have the capacity to conduct continuous firewall audits, and 40 percent are considering moving in that direction in response to new legislation such as the EU Directive on Privacy.
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About Tufin Technologies Tufin™ is the leading provider of Security Policy Management solutions that enable companies to cost-effectively manage their firewall, switch and router policies, reduce security and business continuity risks, and ensure Continuous Compliance with regulatory standards. The award-winning Tufin Security Suite provides security teams with powerful automation that slashes the time and costs spent managing change and successfully passing audits. Founded in 2005, Tufin serves more than 900 customers in industries from telecom and financial services to energy, transportation and pharmaceuticals. Tufin partners with leading vendors including Check Point, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, F5, Blue Coat, McAfee and BMC Software, and is known for technological innovation and dedicated customer service. For more on Tufin Technologies: http://www.tufin.com
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