Organisations are considering configuration management but not investing in best practices to support it.
A survey by Shavlik Technologies showed that 87 per cent of IT managers believe that configuration management is an important part of their overall security programme, but only 52 per cent regularly audit their configurations.
Of 435 respondents, only 9.6 per cent have automated solutions, for what Shavlik calls a ‘repetitive, complex, error prone and time consuming task'.
The company has responded to feedback with a product name change to Shavlik NetChk Configure (formerly called NetChk Compliance) for its configuration management solution.
Mark Shavlik, CEO of Shavlik Technologies, said: “The results gained from this significant survey validate what we've been hearing for months at various customer events across the globe – that attempting to manage literally thousands of configuration settings across an environment using free tools or ad hoc processes has created a false sense of security and left management frustrated by a lack of visibility.
“IT practitioners are beginning to understand that to reduce management overhead and contain costs, they must invest in sustainable configuration management. However, the challenge is this: how do I simplify and automate the management of configuration settings without sacrificing visibility and control?”