Cheating on security audits rife, claims survey

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More than half of corporate firewalls are a 'mess', and audit-dodging also common

A survey has found that a shocking 20 per cent of IT security managers admit to cheating on an audit to get it passed.

Furthermore, 63 per cent of companies only check and audit their firewalls from anything between 3 months to a year, with a staggering 9 per cent never bothering to check them at all.  An incredible 51 per cent admitted that their firewall rules are “a mess”, according to the survey.

The survey also found that 22 per cent of firewall audits take anything from a few weeks to a few months, with 70 per cent saying that their audits take several days to complete, placing heavy demands on scarce resources.  

The good news was that just over half (52 per cent) have not been forced to cut costs at the expense of security and compliance, although 48 per cent reported that compliance had in fact been impacted by cost issues.

The survey from Tufin Technologies was conducted amongst 151 IT security professionals employed in businesses with headcounts of between 1000 to more than 5000.

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