Indian enterprises rate 4.7 / 10 for security efficacy: Juniper Networks

Infotech Lead India: Indian enterprises rated themselves 4.7 on a scale of 10 in terms of security efficacy, according to a report by Ponemon Institute.

Globally 64 percent of the enterprises surveyed are worried about securing web traffic, according to the report commissioned by Juniper Networks.

46 percent of respondents felt that emerging network security technologies are not as effective as they should be. They do not effectively minimize attacks that slow down web applications or block unwarranted Internet traffic.

This report, based on the responses of 554 Indian IT and IT security professionals surveyed showed that 63 percent of respondents felt that emerging network security technologies only address part of the security threats facing their organizations

Theft of the organization’s intellectual property topped the list of all the security concerns that worried the respondents.

Fifty-five percent of the respondents felt their organization prioritized emerging network security technologies to curtail inside-out threats rather than adopting a more holistic approach to security. Fifty percent said that blocking of IP addresses is not an effective security measure.

Organizations rated their network security posture below average in detecting and preventing cyber attacks. 52 percent of the respondents said that the effectiveness of network security technologies used by their organizations are dependent upon the in-house personnel who know how to operate them efficiently.

Respondents rated their organizations’ ability to promptly detect cyber attacks as fair, at 4.8 percent and the ability to prevent cyber attacks as fair as well, at 4.6 percent.

Only half of the respondents said that their organizations use emerging network security technologies to heighten visibility to applications and the use of cloud services.

61 percent of the respondents surveyed either did not Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) or were unsure about deploying them, worried about the effect on revenues as the high incidence of false positives may block legitimate customer traffic.

79 percent of the respondents said that they took at least a few weeks to configure and update rules or policies for WAF.

Juniper Networks emphasizes the need for companies to know about the attacking devices and not just about the IP address so that this knowledge can be quickly disseminated across the data center and into the network.

Juniper Networks offers to deliver this intelligence through its Junos Spotlight Secure global attacker intelligence service, which was unveiled in February this year.


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