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

Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:38pm EST

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  BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, Feb 17 (Marketwire) -- 
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 organization."

    "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."

    Security 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
SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only
for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.


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