By Paul Clark, AlgoSec.
Security is always walking a fine line between enabling the business, and acting as a brake on agility and productivity. Unfortunately for many organizations, it seems that their security infrastructure has stepped over the line and is holding them back. When we surveyed 240 infosecurity, network operations and application professionals in autumn 2013, we found they were struggling with managing their critical business applications effectively, because of the sheer complexity involved.
Over half of the survey respondents reported that they had over 100 critical business applications in their data center /centre. This means a heavy workload of application connectivity change requests for IT teams, to enable those applications to keep up with the evolving needs of the business. 45 percent of respondents said they have to manage over 11 requests every week, and 21 percent have more than 20 changes per week.
A majority of respondents (59 percent) said each request takes more than 8 hours to process, with nearly a third saying that each change takes more than one business day. And the typical time needed to deploy a new data center application was over 5 weeks, and in some cases more than 11 weeks.