An astonishing 73% of networking devices have known security vulnerabilities which expose businesses to both external and internal security attacks and breaches, and which could have significant implications when it comes to regulatory compliance.
This is one of the key findings of Dimension Data's Network Barometer Report which presents the aggregate data from 152 Secure Network Infrastructure Assessments (SNIAs) from around the world and which provides an overview of networks’ configuration, security vulnerabilities and device life-cycle status.
Jeff Jack, GM, Network Integration at Dimension Data says: “Organisations are running with vulnerabilities they’re probably not aware of. The results also indicate that there’s a lack of process to ensure these vulnerabilities are remediated.”
The research also showed that an average of 15 security configuration errors were found per device deployed – despite widely published and recommended standards.
“These results are astounding,” says Jack. “The most basic protection measures against threats which could harm an organisation, such as access and password configurations, are simply not in place. It’s the functional equivalent to leaving the doors and windows unlocked when you leave home.”
The Report also reveals that 43% of all equipment reviewed had entered the first end-of-life cycle stage, and of that group, 56% was beyond either end-of-software maintenance or last-day-of-support. Ageing IT and network assets, depending on their functions, will become increasingly unsupportable and open to risk, leaving the organisation exposed to potential availability and mean-time-to-repair risks.
“Today, organisations depend on the functionality, availability and successful management of their IT networks," says Jack. "Indeed, many companies would simply not function without the technologies that enable their business processes.
“Given this dependency, the basics of keeping networks running and ‘ready for business’ should be a priority for most organisations,” he says.