Poor network management and basic security vulnerability oversights are leaving organisations open to attacks and operational downtime.
According to the Network Barometer Report by Dimension Data, 73 per cent of networking devices have known security vulnerabilities which expose businesses to both external and internal security attacks and breaches.
Research also found that an average of 15 security configuration errors were found per device deployed.
Rich Schofield, global business development manager, network integration at Dimension Data, said: “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.
“Today, organisations depend on the functionality, availability and successful management of their IT networks. 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.”