New Delhi, April 25: Around 57 percent Indian IT managers can’t identify network traffic while 61 percent don’t know how their bandwidth is consumed, a new report revealed on Wednesday.
The report claimed also the majority of Indian IT managers have legal liabilities when it comes to unidentified traffic at their workplaces.
As per British IT security firm, Sophos’ global survey titled “The Dirty Secrets of Network Firewalls,” 89 percent of Indian software heads opined that halting malware threats have become harder over the last year.
“While 94 percent agree that stopping ransomware should be a top priority in organisations, a lack of effective application visibility is a serious security concern for 90 percent of Indian businesses,” news agency IANS reported citing the report.
The survey was conducted on more than 2,700 IT decision makers across medium-sized businesses in 10 countries worldwide, including India, the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Africa.
“Controlling network traffic is an essential role of every firewall yet, 61 per cent IT managers can’t tell you how their bandwidth is being consumed,” said Sunil Sharma, Managing Director Sales at Sophos India & Saarc.
“If you can’t see everything on your network, you can’t ever be confident that your organisation is protected from threats. IT professionals have been ‘flying blind’ for too long and cybercriminals take advantage of this,” Sharma pointed.
About 79 percent of IT heads witness security risks from unwanted or unnecessary applications.
“While 72 percent want to see applications by risk levels through their organisation’s firewall, 60 percent concerned on productivity loss due to unwanted apps and 52 percent had legal liability or compliance concerns due to potentially illegal content,” it added.
The survey further said that 61 percent would like to see better perimeter security in their organisation’s network firewall along with better threat visibility and better protection.
“Ineffective firewalls are costing you time and money. On an average, organisations are spending 7 working days to remediate infected machines,” assreted Sharma.
With just a single network breach multiple computers can be harmed, so keeping this in the mind faster you can stop the infection from spreading the more you limit the damage and time needed to clean it up.
“Companies are looking for the kind of next-generation, integrated network and endpoint protection that can stop advanced threats and prevent an isolated incident from turning into a widespread outbreak,” Sharma informed.