61% Indian IT managers clueless how bandwidth is being consumed: Sophos

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 25, 2018 18:31 hrs
FILE PHOTO: Man holds laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture

New Delhi: Nearly 57 percent Indian IT managers can't identify network traffic while 61 per cent dont know how their bandwidth is consumed, a new report said on Wednesday, adding that the majority of Indian IT managers have legal liabilities when it comes to unidentified traffic at their workplaces.

According to British IT security company Sophos' global survey titled The Dirty Secrets of Network Firewalls, 89 per cent of Indian IT heads said that stopping 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," said the report.

The survey polled more than 2700 IT decision makers across mid-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 noted.

About 79 per cent of IT heads face security risks from unwanted or unnecessary apps.

"While 72 per cent want to see applications by risk levels through their organisation's firewall, 60 per cent concerned on productivity loss due to unwanted apps and 52 per cent had legal liability or compliance concerns due to potentially illegal content," the report said.

Considering the debilitating impact cyber attacks can have on a business, it's unsurprising that 90 per cent of respondents agree that a lack of application visibility is a serious security concern.

The survey further stated that 61 per cent 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," said Sharma.

A single network breach often leads to the compromise of multiple computers, so the 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 observed.



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