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Dimension Data study shows 73% of networking devices running with known security vulnerabilities

IT service provider Dimension Data www.dimensiondata.com today released a study showing that 73% of networking devi...


March 25, 2009  


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IT service provider Dimension Data www.dimensiondata.com today released a study showing that 73% of networking devices have known security vulnerabilities that may expose organizations to external and internal security attacks.

 

The company also reported that each device deployed such as a router, gateway or switch has an average of 30 configuration errors, exposing organizations to further risk and network downtime, despite the fact that there are widely published and recommended standards to safeguard against these problems.

 

The report presents aggregate data from 152 Secure Network Infrastructure Assessment (SNIA) services conducted by Dimension Data in 2008 for small, medium and large organizations around the world and across verticals.

 

The SNIA is a network and security assessment service that discovers, catalogues and provides remediation recommendations for hardware and software across organizational networks.

 

The composite picture from the 2008 assessments offers an overview of networks’ configurations, security vulnerabilities and device lifecycle statuses.

 

“While the implications are alarming, the problems we uncovered can often be easily addressed,” said Rich Schofield, the firm’s global business development manager.

 

“The most basic protection measures against threats that could harm an organization, such as having proper access and password configurations, are simply not in place. It’s the functional equivalent of leaving the doors and windows unlocked when you leave home.”