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75% of IT Professionals have Only Partial or No Visibility into Hybrid Cloud Environments and File Shares

June 2016 by Netwrix

A majority of organizations report that they lack visibility into their cloud infrastructure, file shares, user activity and mobile devices, greatly impacting data security and system uptime.

This data is among the findings of the recent 2016 Netwrix Visibility Survey conducted by Netwrix Corporation, the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform that supports both on-premises and hybrid cloud IT environments. The survey represents more than 830 respondents who shared their experience and insights about visibility into their IT environments and the impact on cyber security.

The survey, conducted by Netwrix in April and May 2016, was designed to identify the means organizations are using to gain visibility into IT infrastructures, understand whether they get a competitive advantage from their choices, and explore what challenges they might face in the future. The organizations surveyed operate in 30 industries worldwide and represent businesses of all sizes.

The survey’s key findings include:

- Almost 65% of organizations do not have complete visibility into user, IT and third-party activity in their IT infrastructure

- 75% of respondents have partial or no visibility into their cloud and hybrid IT environments.

- A strong majority of respondents (78%) are unaware or only partly aware of what is happening across their unstructured data and file storage

- BYOD infrastructure is the most challenging area, with 83% of organizations reporting zero or only partial visibility into user personal devices

- Almost 47% of respondents believe that the increasing complexity of IT infrastructures will make achieving visibility even more difficult in the future

“Organizations around the globe show growing interest for ensuring visibility into IT infrastructure. In today’s ever-changing threat landscape, companies simply cannot foresee all possible cyber threats that could affect their data security and system uptime. Understanding what is happening in the IT infrastructure, including who or what causes malicious events, enables timely threat detection and prevents serious damage,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “We expect market demand will remain high in the next few years, as visibility software will be further improved to offer comprehensive insight and security analytics into problem areas like cloud, user activity, unstructured data and mobile devices.”

According to Gartner, “Advanced targeted attacks make prevention-centric strategies obsolete. Securing enterprises in 2020 will require a shift to information- and people-centric security strategies, combined with pervasive internal monitoring and sharing of security intelligence.”

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