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Unless you’re under a rock, you know that the WannaCry Ransomware cyberattack swept worldwide headlines last week.
Organizations scrambled to apply the latest Microsoft security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack. It’s estimated that the ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 victims in 150 countries.
You aren’t alone! FireMon conducted a survey at Infosecurity Europe earlier this month, and I wish I could say the results were surprising. As a group, cyber security professionals are overworked, underutilized, and required to satisfy business and regulatory demands that are often in direct conflict. Among the security professionals we surveyed, a full 51% stated that they spent most of their days firefighting instead of doing “meaningful security work.” This is a frustrating and dangerous state of affairs I believe is caused, at least in part, by increasing network complexity.
Organizations are putting solution after solution in place to try to find the missing piece to their security puzzle when, in fact, more technology probably isn’t the answer. This constant acquisition of solutions—and the increasing network complexity that goes along with it—is driven at least in part by regulatory compliance. Security professionals are simultaneously being asked to chase compliance—56% admitted they had added a product purely to meet compliance regulations, even though they knew it offered no other business benefit—while also compromising security posture in order to meet business demands.
In fact, 52% of IT security pros survey admitted to adding access that they know had decreased their organization’s security posture. And those outside regulations? 28% admitted to cheating on an audit just to pass, a figure that has gone up 6% from five years ago when the same question was posed. Something is broken here. More solutions aren’t needed—better management is.
If you’re looking to stop fighting fires and reclaim control of your network, consider the following four tips:
What are your thoughts on the mounting pressures and competing objectives placed on IT security staff from inside as well as outside organizations? Tweet us @firemon and let us know if you are #overworkedinIT!
So you’ve purchased a new firewall. Now what?
You’ve got to decide which access is allowed, which isn’t allowed and whether or not rules are compliant with internal and regulatory standards.
Things are running along smoothly and then the dreaded “change.” A user submits a new access request and the fun begins. Is this access necessary? Safe? Compliant? And what happens when it’s time to retire unused rules?
How Effective Security Management Can Help Teams Cover the Exponentially Increasing Gap between Technology & the Resources Available to Manage It
Security teams today are under tremendous pressure due to the rising frequency and impact of breaches and a business that wants to move faster and faster. The answer to both of these challenges has always been to add more technology and staff resources.
However, each new technology added creates complexity. More rules are created and more data is generated. As networks continue to evolve, this complexity will only grow. And while staff resources may increase, they will never match the exponential growth of technology.
FireMon calls this phenomenon The Complexity Gap and has set out to help security teams close it.
Join us for this webinar with Frost & Sullivan where we’ll explore the causes of “The Gap” and how workforce multipliers such as intelligence and automation help staff manage their security more efficiently and more effectively.
Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure
Firewall technology has come a long way since its initial, most rudimentary forms. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) are the latest development, and organizations are accelerating adoption to the new technology. But NGFWs aren’t a fix-all solution.