Network Visibility Can Help Avoid the IT Blame Game

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Attribution and the blame game

One of the central issues related to a lack of visibility is the toll it takes on the human capital of the IT department. The concept of “Mean Time to Innocence” – in which IT groups are forced to prove that their department was not the one responsible for a network event – is all too common within enterprises today.

In the survey, 79 percent of respondents admitted to having experienced network events that were attributed to the wrong IT group, while 87 percent said they had reported the root cause of a network or security issue to their management team, later finding out they didn’t have the information necessary to be completely accurate in their assessment. Not surprisingly, more than one-third (39 percent) said this had happened to them more than once.

The proliferation of data on enterprise networks continues to increase with the rising demand for such technologies as virtualization, software-defined networking, and high-performance computing, as well as a growing dependency on mobility across the workforce. Couple this with a sophisticated cyber attack landscape, and it’s all IT can do to keep up with network activity.

Emulex, which plays a central role in connecting, monitoring and managing enterprise networks, conducted a survey to determine how much visibility network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) professionals actually have into critical events that happen within their networks, as well as such things as the tools they are using, how accurate their attribution and reporting of root causes is, whether they have experienced data breaches, and how much time and money network and security events cost their organizations.


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