SolarWinds Issues Global Caution on Networks at Risk

SolarWinds Issues Global Caution on Networks at Risk 
Statistics Show IT Professionals Unprepared for BYOD and MDM Perils 
TOKYO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 --  SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a
leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
today cautioned that accelerating trends to 'bring your own device'
(BYOD) and inadequate mobile device management (MDM) are placing
corporate networks at risk globally. 
Despite the widely recognized problems of BYOD, a recent SolarWinds
survey disclosed that over 65 percent of organizations feel they do
not have the tools necessary to manage non-company issued mobile
devices on their network. At a recent SolarWinds MDM webinar, only 18
percent of participants said they have rolled out a mobile device
management program. Most had not formulated a plan of action. 
"These alarming statistics suggest that a surprising number of
corporate networks are facing security risks, or the dangers of
crashes or unacceptably slow speeds capable of impacting on business
continuity," said SolarWinds Senior Manager Masami Hashimoto. "This
obvious lack of visibility into the potential problems has network
engineers worried." 
SolarWinds has issued the following advice to network administrators,
to help organizations counter problems with both BYOD and MDM: 

--  Start by assessing what devices are on the network and where they are
    connecting. Consider leveraging user device tracking software to track
    which devices and users are connecting to which switch ports (both
    wired and wireless) on the network over time and alert the
    administrator to switch port capacity issues. Think of it as a switch
    port mapper on steroids.
--  Understand the performance impacts that rogue or uninvited devices are
    having on the network. Use an existing network management system and
    enable flow-based traffic analysis to understand where the network
    utilization issues are, and who and what is consuming bandwidth.
    Mobile devices may be consuming more than administrators think, or it
    may turn out there are bigger problems with bandwidth hogs running on
    'approved' devices.
--  In parallel, start gathering requirements from the various departments
    supported by the network. Determine how they are using their mobile
    devices today and how they would like to use them in the future, and
    reconcile this with your organization's security policies.

"Once techs understand the impact of BYOD on their network and have
determined the right balance between user desire and corporate
policies, the next steps will be much clearer," said Hashimoto. 
About SolarWinds
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affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune
500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our
approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to
eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from
traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this
commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy
to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address
any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in
our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online
community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best
practices, and directly participate in our product development
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