Negative security implications of corporate network overprovisioning


Accedian has published a research study examining the negative security implications of network overprovisioning in enterprises and the common practices and concerns surrounding it.

Almost 70% of the 500 IT professionals surveyed in the United States see security as the number one concern when it comes to overprovisioning. This highlights the need for an alternative approach that is both sustainable and inexpensive, and optimizes network and application performance and security visibility, as shown in the research.

“Overprovisioning means there is more infrastructure to protect, a larger attack surface, more attack vectors, and an increased opportunity for tool misconfiguration due to human error or misconfiguration. overload of the security operations center (SOC). It’s like a ticking time bomb for businesses unless urgent action is taken to fix it, ”said Chris Kissel, IDC Research Director, Worldwide Security & Trust Products.

“Given the scale of over-provisioning that is taking place in all industries, including financial services, public sector, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and retail, coupled with the upsurge in security incidents over the course of over the past year, it is more a question of “when” and not “if” a cyberattack is successful.

Obstacles to over-provisioning the business network

  • Security is the number one overprovisioning concern for 72% of IT professionals surveyed, followed by management (55%) or budget (48%).
  • 62% of network administrators believe network security is more important than the performance of cloud applications (38%).
  • 66% of those surveyed admit to having over-supplied in the past 9 to 12 months.
  • Reasons cited for overprovisioning include – network latency (62%), concerns about database service delays (61%), concerns about application code issues (58%) as well as wish not to disturb users (34%).
  • 78% admit that over-provisioning has led them to discover other performance bottlenecks.

over-provisioning of the corporate network

“The alternative to overprovisioning is to install end-to-end intelligent network and application monitoring tools that provide high-performance network and user experience monitoring,” said CISSP Mary Roark, vice president, Cyber ​​security strategy, Accedian.

“In today’s hybrid cloud and software-defined environments, virtualized network monitoring tools that empower SOC teams with machine learning metadata and analytics can help identify unusual activity on a network. Best of all, using a tool that serves both network operations and security operations teams will simplify operations, reduce costs, and help avoid overprovisioning and the introduction of more risk. solving network performance issues on the same platform as security.

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