Accedian: Overprovisioning Results in Higher Network Vulnerability

Accedian: Overprovisioning Results in Higher Network Vulnerability

According to a new report by Accedian, 60 percent of IT professionals believe that overprovisioning makes their network more vulnerable to attacks. This information comes from the Overprovisioning: The Ticking Time Bomb for Network Security report, based on a survey of 500 IT professionals. The report reveals how gaps in application and security visibility lead to higher security risks in the long run.

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According to the survey, IT professionals are concerned with the effects overprovisioning has on their network. 60 percent of IT professionals in US enterprises believe overprovisioning makes their networks more vulnerable. In addition, nearly 70 percent are concerned that it increases their attack surface.

Other results of the survey reveal how IT and network professionals view the importance of proper provisioning. 66 percent of respondents admitted to overprovisioning over the past nine to twelve months. Top reasons cited for the overprovisioning include network latency (62 percent), worries over database service delays (61 percent), and concerns over application code (58 percent).

In the company’s press release, Accedian’s Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy Mary Roark stated: “The alternative to overprovisioning is installing smart, end-to-end network and application monitoring tools that deliver high-performance network and user experience monitoring. In today’s hybrid cloud and software-defined environments, virtualized network monitoring tools that empower SOC teams with metadata and machine learning analytics can assist to identify unusual activity on a network. Even better, using a tool that serves both network operations and security operations teams will simplify operations, reduce costs and help to prevent overprovisioning and the introduction of more risk by addressing network performance issues in the same platform as security.”

Download a copy of the Overprovisioning: The Ticking Time Bomb for Network Security report here.

Daniel Hein