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Study: Network Team's Security Role On The Rise

New data shows how network engineers and other members of the network team are teaming up with their counterparts in security.

Some 85% of network teams engage in security investigations today, a fourth of which spend 10- 20 hours a week on security issues.

The findings, from a study conducted by JDSU's Network Instruments, illustrates how the network engineer's job has evolved. Their security tasks include locking down networks (65%), investigating attacks (58%), and validating the configuration of security tools (50%).

The data, which comes from a survey of more than 300 network engineers, IT directors, and CIOs from around the world, shows that security tasks take up some 10 hours a week for one in four network teams. The trend has increased, too: 70% say they spend more time on security now, and one-fourth say their security work has jumped by 25%.

More than two-thirds say syslogs are their organization's main way to detect security issues, followed by SNMP, and network performance anomalies.

Read the full report here.