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Only direct intelligence sharing between these two can reveal the true nature of who and what is operating on your network.”IT managers know firewalls need an upgrade in protection.In fact, the survey revealed that 79 percent of IT managers polled want better protection from their current firewall.“With governments worldwide introducing stiffer penalties for data breach and loss, knowing who and what is on your network is becoming increasingly important.This dirty secret can’t be ignored any longer.”On average, organizations spend seven working days remediating 16 infected machines per month, Sophos said.
Without the ability to identify what’s running on their network, IT managers are blind to ransomware, unknown malware, data breaches and other advanced threats, as well as potentially malicious applications and rogue users.Another dirty secret: Network firewalls with signature-based detection are unable to provide adequate visibility into application traffic due to a variety of factors such as the increasing use of encryption, browser emulation and advanced evasion techniques.“If you can’t see everything on your network, you can’t ever be confident that your organization is protected from threats.IT professionals have been ‘flying blind’ for too long and cybercriminals take advantage of this,” Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of products at Sophos, said in a media advisory.99 percent want firewall technology that can automatically isolate infected computers, and 97 percent want endpoint and firewall protection from the same vendor which allows for direct sharing of security status information.
Lack of visibility also creates a blind spot for the potential transfer of illegal or inappropriate content on corporate networks, making companies vulnerable to litigation and compliance issues."The Dirty Secrets of Network Firewalls" survey results are downloadable here in a PDF format.
SAN FRANCISCO—At the RSA Security conference, where 40,000-plus attendees are hustling around at the perpetually rebuilding Moscone Center, longtime security software maker and specialized socks provider (pictured) Sophos revealed some research it has done on the so-called “dirty secrets” about using firewalls in enterprise security.