Reading, Berkshire – Osirium (www.osirium.com) a leader in Privileged User & Infrastructure Management has today released research findings that should encourage organisations to increase awareness of potential operational risks within the business, relating to poor security administration practices.
According to the research, busy schedules have become increasingly difficult to manage and as resources remain limited many system administrators have admitted that they feel under pressure to get their jobs done. Often working against the backdrop of some new crisis, they hastily try and locate devices by entering details from memory or, in extreme circumstances, even guess. Another mistake commonly cited is when IP addresses are entered by hand as typos are common place and the details entered are rarely double-checked.
“Administering the wrong device is just one source of system administrator error, but it’s also an easy one to eliminate,” said David Guyatt, CEO of Osirium. “If access to devices is controlled via administration tools that store the details of each device, including its location and IP address, then such errors can be significantly reduced. In fact the research suggests that by introducing such a tool for SysAdmins to use, results in error rates could be halved.”
The research, conducted for Osirium by Quocirca, found that system administrator error rates rise to around 7.5% when ad-hoc device management methods - such as guessing names or address locations - are used. Conversely those organisations using a more systematic approach, such as tools which simplify device identification, can expect to reduce error rates down to about 4%.
“This problem is further exacerbated when issues affecting infrastructure compliance and task automation are considered,” continued Guyatt. “The automation of sys-admin tasks in meeting, and maintaining, compliance also plays a critical role in delivering a consistent compliance position.”
About the Research
The research was completed by Quocirca and 100 interviews were collected. At the time of answering the questions, those surveyed were not aware that the research was being conducted on behalf of Osirium. Respondents were qualified in as follows:
– Must be involved in IT management with one of the following job functions: IT manager, IT security manager, IT infrastructure manager
– Must answer yes to: “are you involved with, or knowledgeable in how your organisation views and manages issues relating to privileged users (that is how the granting of the extra privileges that IT administrators require to do their jobs is controlled), the automation of IT admin tasks and how these issues relate to your organisation’s ability to meet the regulatory requirements that govern it?”
Osirium drives down operational risk and eases the pain of managing and maintaining multi-vendor IT infrastructures by providing a central, secure access point and a “built-in” best practice foundation which tracks all SysAdmin changes in the infrastructure and enables you to easily meet and maintain compliance.
Osirium dramatically improves productivity and reduces human error by automating routine and repetitive SysAdmin tasks and delegating them to less costly help desk staff, to provide faster problem resolutions with fewer errors.
Osirium is establishing itself as a new and unique IT infrastructure security solution and is already helping some of the world’s biggest brands and public sector bodies.
For more information please see: www.osirium.com
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