1 in 10 IT pros cheat on an IT audit

According to a survey conducted by Tufin Technologies, of 242 IT professionals mainly from organizations employing 1000 to 5000+ employees, 1 in 10 admitted that either they or a colleague have cheated to get an IT audit passed. However, it isn’t all bad news; compared to a similar survey conducted in 2009 the number of people admitting to cheating has halved in number.

Amongst those who have cheated lack of time and resources are cited as the main reasons, underlining the ever increasing pressure on today’s IT departments. With 25% responding that firewall audits take a week to conduct attempting to avoid this painful process is understandable – if not excusable.

What’s more 30% of respondents only audit their firewalls once every 5 years and even more worrying 7% never even conduct an audit. With this in mind it’s less surprising to find out that 36% of IT professionals admit their firewall rule bases are a mess increasing their susceptibility to hackers, network crashes and compliance violations.

The survey also found that:

  • 31% only audit their firewalls once a year
  • 22% don’t know how long it takes to audit their firewalls
  • Of those that admit their firewall rule base is a mess, 25% believe this makes their network susceptible to crashes and 38% susceptible to compliance violations
  • 56% responded that automation tools would save them a lot of time

While companies pay a lot of attention to the firewalls selection process, and invest millions in acquiring it, much less attention and resources are invested in making sure the firewalls are optimized at all times for potential security risks and compliance breaches.

But, despite our gloomy economic environment it is encouraging to see that IT has remained high on the budget priorities with 59% of companies revealing that they have not been forced to focus on cost savings at the expense of their company’s security. With malware at record highs and more and more compliance legislation businesses are clear that it is not in their interests to cut IT spend.

To view the complete survey statistics, go here.

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