65% of IT pros would be grounded by Mum for their messy firewall rules

Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of IT security pros would be grounded in some capacity for the messy state of their firewall rules. Of those, over half or one-third of the total said that if their firewall rules were a teenager’s room, Mum would be so angry that they’d be grounded for life.

New research from FireMon was collected at InfoSecurity Europe last month from 300 IT security professionals. The results revealed that 32 percent claimed that they had inherited over half of the rules they manage from a predecessor and a quarter of security pros confessed to being afraid to turn off rules put in place prior to them managing them. Furthermore, 72 percent use two or more firewall vendors within their IT environments.