Among those who have cheated lack of time and resources are cited as the main reasons, underlining the ever increasing pressure on today’s IT departments. With 25% responding that firewall audits take a week to conduct attempting to avoid this painful process is understandable.
What’s more 30% of respondents only audit their firewalls once every five years and even more worrying, 7% never even conduct an audit. With this in mind it’s less surprising to find out that 36% of IT professionals admit their firewall rule bases are a mess increasing their susceptibility to hackers, network crashes and compliance violations.
The survey also found that: • 31% only audit their firewalls once a year • 22% don’t know how long it takes to audit their firewalls • Of those that admit their firewall rule base is a mess, 25% believe this makes their network susceptible to crashes and 38% susceptible to compliance violations • 56% responded that automation tools would save them a lot of time
The survey results are available for review on the Tufin website at http://www.tufin.com/downloads/infosecurity_uk_2010_survey_results.pdf
“Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on selecting and implementing firewalls, yet much less attention and resources are invested in making sure the firewalls are optimized at all times for potential security risks and compliance breaches,” said Michael Hamelin, Chief Security Architect at Tufin Technologies. “It is a cause for concern that so many companies are only conducting audits sporadically and are admitting that their firewalls are in a mess. The consequences of a firewall with rules that are out of sync leave networks open to exploitation. Without the right automation tools, managing firewalls is complicated and time consuming making it very tempting for IT professionals to cheat to get their audit passed. But in the long run it will only cause more problems.”
IT still top priority in the boardroom Despite our gloomy economic environment it is encouraging to see that IT has remained high on the budget priorities with 59% of companies revealing that they have not been forced to focus on cost savings at the expense of their company’s security. With malware at record highs and more and more compliance legislation being passed, businesses are clear that it is not in their interests to cut IT spend.
About Tufin Technologies, Inc. Tufin™ is the leading provider of Security Lifecycle Management solutions that enable companies to cost-effectively manage their network security policy, comply with regulatory standards, and minimize IT risk. With a combination of accuracy and simplicity, Tufin empowers security officers to perform reliable audits and demonstrate compliance with corporate and government standards. Founded in 2005 by leading firewall and business systems experts, Tufin serves more than 500 customers in industries from telecom and financial services to energy, transportation and pharmaceuticals. For more information visit www.tufin.com, or follow Tufin on: Twitter at http://twitter.com/TufinTech, LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=1968264, FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=84473097725, The Tufin Blog at http://tufintech.wordpress.com/, The Tufin Channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/Tufintech
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