Cloud, Virtualization Drive Enterprise Network Complexity
Roughly 9 out of 10 IT pros feel coordination of security policy across the entire network is “essential” to the company’s defenses against attacks.IT professionals and C-level executives are tackling increasingly complex enterprise networks, with trends such as virtualization, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and the cloud requiring more automation of network management, according to a survey of more than 500 IT professionals in the United States and United Kingdom by security specialist Tufin Technologies. One-third (33 percent) of U.K. and U.S. IT and business decision-makers said their companies had suffered five or more firewall-related outages in the last year--the equivalent of nearly one every other month, with 17 percent of financial services companies reporting 11 or more outages in the last 12 months. The survey indicated that human error is a common security issue, with one-quarter of U.K. and U.S. businesses having to re-do more than 60 percent of all firewall changes because they weren’t implemented correctly the first time. Roughly nine out of 10 IT and business decision-makers felt that coordination of security policy across the entire network is “essential” to the overall robustness of the company’s defenses against complex attacks, and 67 percent of senior IT and decision-makers think security policy management across the network will become more automated over the next few years.
"This research shows that network security has become too complex to manually manage, especially with the introduction of new technologies such as cloud, virtualization and IPv6," said Reuven Harrison, co-founder and chief technology officer of Tufin. "The key to meeting these challenges is automation and orchestration which will increase IT agility while maintaining security and compliance across the network."