Messy firewall rules would leave IT pros grounded for life

IT Pro Today

If firewalls rules were a room, and IT security professionals were teenagers, their mom would be so mad, she’d ground them for life. This cringeworthy comparison was actually made by security management vendor FireMon, as it polled IT security experts during Infosecurity Europe.

I’m not entirely sure, but I’m guessing she’d also turn off the Wi-Fi and confiscate their smartphones. “No more Instagram!” – “But mooooom!”.

Anyway, enough with the silliness. The point is serious, though. Just over a third (35 per cent) said their company firewall rules aren’t messy.

“Firewall rule management is one of those necessary evils within security management in organisations – it can be time consuming and at times a bit like untangling the wires in your junk drawer,” said Michael Callahan, CMO, FireMon.