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Customers exposed to threats by sticking with old firewalls

Simon Quicke

Customers are leaving themselves exposed to security threats because of a failure to update their firewalls, which are no longer able to fend off sophisticated web-based attacks.

The other consequence infrastructure specialist Teneo highlights, after surveying the extent to which old firewalls are still relied on, is that the aging technology is undermining the ability of firms to offer staff flexible working and secure remote access.

The Teneo survey found that the majority of firms (43%) are keeping their firewalls for longer, keeping them going for between 4 to 6 years and just shy of one in five try and squeeze even longer service out of the kit making it work as a key line of the corporate defences for longer than 6 years.

In the past couple of years there has been plenty of noise, frome the likes of Palo Alto, about the need to invest in a next generation firewall but that message appears to be taking its time getting through to customers.

"The survey makes it clear that the majority of organisations are struggling on with older first generation firewalls that do not provide any visibility or control in terms of employee desktop usage or specific applications. Many organisations then add on extra appliances to fill in the gaps in their network security," said Lauren Fortune, Head of Marketing, Teneo.

"With IT budgets still restricted, it is clear that next generation firewalls will see continued growth as they offer good value compared to buying and/or maintaining multiple security and network management devices," she added.


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