Balancing Risk and Performance: Managing Firewalls Shouldn't Push Risks to the Extreme

Some people make a living taking extreme risks. Big mountain skiers, red rock mountain bikers, free climbers, wing-suit flyers…the list goes on and on. The skill levels and creativity of today’s extreme athletes are truly remarkable. Margins of error are miniscule, and consequences can be dire.

A growing number of corporate IT and security personnel have something in common with extreme athletes: they take unnecessary security risks. A recently published report sheds some light on a common practice of corporate security and operations staff who attempt to squeeze a little more performance from networks while exposing their organizations to extreme risk.