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Network configuration changes are a significant cause of IT continuity issues

Tufin Technologies has announced the results of a survey of 140 network security professionals. 64 percent of these respondents reported that their organization had recently experienced application service disruptions due to network configuration changes.

Other findings included:

  • 55 percent of respondents have more than 50 mission-critical enterprise applications deployed across their organization; About one third have more than 100.
  • Almost 90 percent say that more than 50 percent of their organizations firewall changes are application-related.
  • 60 percent of respondents manage connectivity requirements across three or more network security consoles.
  • 31 percent say their organization may have had a security breach due to a rule change related to a new application.
  • 41 percent deploy at least one new application each week and 31 percent each month; 71 percent on-board at least one new user to an existing application each week
  • 37 percent keep track of application connectivity requirements by inserting comments into the firewall rule base, subjecting the organization to procedural inefficiencies:
    - Application owners, after defining the applications’ connectivity requirements, are left with limited visibility;
    - The firewall policy is defined by the application connectivity policy, creating a bottom-up rather than top-down approach;
    - 16 percent don’t keep track of application connectivity requirements at all
  • 54 percent may have opened ports NOT required for applications, exposing the organization to potential compliance violations and security breaches.


•Date: 24th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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