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In SolarWinds' Third Annual Federal Cybersecurity Survey, Organizational Changes Expected to Increase Security Challenges; Foreign Governments and Insiders Named Biggest Threat Sources
HERNDON, VA --(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) - SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the results of its third annual Federal Cybersecurity Survey*, which explores the biggest barriers to improving IT security, including exposure during consolidation and modernization processes, threats from foreign governments and careless or untrained insiders. The findings also highlight how the implementation of IT security management tools help mitigate threats, strengthening security strategies.
"As federal IT departments move through the process of consolidation and modernization, the complexity of IT environments increases significantly and the responsibility of managing both legacy infrastructure and upgraded systems places a considerable burden on IT pros," said Mav Turner, director of product strategy, SolarWinds. "When completed, consolidation and modernization projects will provide more efficient and secure environments, but this isn't going to happen overnight, so additional attention must be given to securing environments against threats no matter where they originate."
Organizational obstacles present IT security challenges
Foreign governments now rival careless or untrained insiders as biggest threat to IT security
Implementing tools and strategies mitigate IT security threats
"SolarWinds' annual cybersecurity survey tracks the sources of IT security threats and challenges that federal IT professionals face. This year it was good to see that 28 percent of respondents feel less vulnerable in spite of 38 percent seeing an increase in the number of IT security incidents," said Laurie Morrow, director of research services, Market Connections, Inc. "These insights and the extended research provides insight into how agencies ensure their IT security in light of internal change and an ever-growing list of external threats."
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* In December 2015 and January 2016, independent research firm Market Connections, Inc. surveyed 200 IT security professionals in U.S. federal civilian and defense agencies on behalf of SolarWinds. Full survey results are available upon request.
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