SolarWinds Survey Finds Complex Security Tools Are a Major Obstacle to Securing IT

SolarWinds Survey Finds Complex Security Tools Are a Major Obstacle to Securing 
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/17/13 --  SolarWinds (NYSE:
SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management
software, today released the results of a survey on IT security and
compliance that emphasize the growing need for powerful and
easy-to-use security products focused on the key security concerns
plaguing the majority of IT professionals. 
According to the survey* of over 160 IT professionals, 86 percent of
IT pros that specialize in areas other than security said they are
responsible for securing IT. Forty-nine percent of respondents spend
40 percent or more of their time on IT security and compliance, while
only seven percent of IT pros consider security their full-time job. 
The top IT security responsibilities, concerns and priorities
revealed that securing today's IT infrastructure will take a
concerted and coordinated effort across all IT functions.  

--  The top five security and compliance responsibilities are managing
    networks; security infrastructure -- firewalls, IDS/IPS, endpoint;
    servers; data exchange -- email, file transfer, websites; and (a tie)
    desktops and mobile devices
--  The top three IT security and compliance concerns are data loss,
    external threats, and cloud security and privacy
--  The No. 1 security priority is preventing data loss

Most significantly, nearly all respondents cited complexity of security
tools as the No. 1 reason they felt their organization is not able to
respond effectively to security challenges. 
"SolarWinds research shows that what works for security among large
enterprises does not translate to the entire market," said Jim
Hurley, President of Wellington Research. "Usability and
effectiveness are critical factors no matter what size an
"Securing IT is not just the role of a security expert anymore," said
Brandon Whichard, senior director product marketing, SolarWinds. "For
IT pros that don't spend their day thinking about security yet need
the tools to tackle these challenges, SolarWinds' suite of
easy-to-use IT management products has a broad set of features and
functionality built-in, making security and compliance management
accessible to all." 
curity and Compliance Management for Every IT Pro, Organization 
SolarWinds' IT management suite of solutions offers IT pros a number
of powerful and easy-to-use products with security and compliance
functionality built-in and that address security and compliance
specifically. From Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
to configuration and compliance to patch management and more, IT pros
can deploy and layer SolarWinds' IT management products to achieve
end-to-end security and compliance visibility, including: 

--  SolarWinds Log & Event Manager - SIEM; endpoint data loss
--  SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager - Firewall security management
--  SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager - Network Change and
    Configuration Management (NCCM)
--  SolarWinds Patch Manager - Endpoint vulnerability management
--  SolarWinds User Device Tracker - User and device tracking
--  SolarWinds Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server - Internet data

Additional Resources 
Whitepaper: IT Security Management Checklist: 9 Key Recommendations
to Keep Your Network Safe
 Whiteboard blog: Results of the 2013
Security and Compliance Survey 
*The SolarWinds survey was conducted on January 24 through February
7, 2013 via an online survey service, resulting in over 160 survey
responses. SolarWinds awarded the first one hundred (100) entrants
one (1) $15.00 Amazon(R) gift card with an approximate retail value
of $15.00. Public-sector specific results available upon request. 
About SolarWinds
 SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and
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
process. Learn more today at 
SolarWinds, and thwack are registered trademarks of
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only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies. 
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