10 per cent of IT/firewall audits falsified: report

Ten per cent of IT practitioners have admitted that they or a colleague have cheated to get an IT audit passed.

A survey by security lifecycle management solutions provider Tufin Technologies found that among the cheaters lacks of time and resources are cited as the main reasons for audit falsification, with 25 per cent saying that as firewall audits take a week to conduct, attempting to avoid this ‘painful’ process is understandable if not excusable.

Some 30 per cent of respondents also admitted to auditing their firewalls only once every five years, and 7 per cent have never conducted an audit; 36 per cent of IT professionals admit their firewall rule bases are ‘a mess’, and acknowledge that such neglect increases susceptibility to hackers, network crashes, and compliance violations.

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