Burnt Out IT Departments Forced to Outsource Security as Users Fail to Update Anti-Virus Applications - Radware Study Shows 64% Forced to Centralise Anti-virus Management
Irresponsible or incapable users who fail to maintain the latest anti-virus software on their desktop computers are causing IT departments to 'burn out' because they cannot cope with the volume of user demands. This was the key finding of a UK study commissioned by intelligent application switching provider Radware.
Organizations that entrust users to update anti-virus software on their computers, or use automatic update services that IT personnel have to then administer individually, are finding it impossible to ensure that all PCs are secure because of the sheer volume of virus attacks.
The research, which examined the views of 50 UK enterprises on anti-virus management in light of spiraling attacks, was undertaken for Radware by FITE IT, a provider of outsourced IT support, amongst its UK customer base. In total, 64 per cent of companies questioned said they had been forced to centralise anti-virus updates by appointing a third-party service provider to manage updates for them.
"Users can't be trusted to do it themselves. Companies are fighting a losing battle over anti-virus updates unless they centralise anti-virus management so that all network traffic is scanned in one place and management of updates is a discrete business function," said Tony Crowley, regional director for northern Europe, Radware.
"Network based anti-virus management is becoming essential but organisations need to ensure that anti-virus tools are always available and working with maximum efficiency. The need to manage all content security tools centrally at high throughputs has never been greater," said Crowley.
Nick Lawrence, managing director of FITE IT, said management of anti-virus updates had become an immense drain on operational IT resources. "Clients want a third-party service provider to ensure that all anti-virus software is up to date because doing so themselves takes up so much time and can leave them hopelessly exposed."
Radware is the leading provider of Intelligent Application Switching (IAS) solutions ensuring the availability, performance and security of networked applications across the enterprise. Radware's Content Inspection Director (CID) centrally manages all best-of-breed content security tools, delivering fault tolerant, high performing and scalable anti-virus scanning, URL filtering and anti-spamming so that content security traffic can run at multi-gigabit speeds without bottlenecks.
Learn more on how Radware Intelligent Application Switching Solutions can enable the security, performance and availability of mission critical applications at www.radware.com.
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