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SolarWinds Survey: Federal IT Leaders Link Updates, Consolidation Efforts to IT Security Challenges

cybersecurityA new SolarWinds survey has found that 48 percent of federal information technology professionals see increased information technology security challenges as a result of upgrades and consolidation programs for IT systems.

Federal IT leaders associated such security challenges with complex enterprise management systems and incomplete transitions, SolarWinds said Tuesday.

“When completed, consolidation and modernization projects will provide more efficient and secure environments, but this isn’t going to happen overnight, so additional attention must be given to securing environments against threats no matter where they originate,” said Mav Turner, director of product strategy at SolarWinds.

The company commissioned research firm Market Connections to poll 200 federal IT security executives from December 2015 to January 2016.

According to the survey, nearly 50 percent of respondents said they consider untrained insiders and international government agencies as a major threat to IT security.

SolarWinds also noted that 62 percent of the respondents stated their agencies adopt configuration and patch management software and at least 45 percent of them indicated that the use of such tools has helped their agencies expedite response to cyber attacks.

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