SOURCE: Tufin Technologies

Tufin Technologies

June 21, 2010 08:15 ET

Tufin's Super Bowl and World Cup 2010 Survey Reveals IT Managers Are Unsung Heroes

Tufin Survey Reveals That While the Rest of the Workforce May Skip Work to Watch National Sporting Events, It's the IT Team That Can Be Relied on in a Crisis

RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) -  Tufin Technologies today announced the results of a survey it conducted amongst 241 UK IT professionals and 263 US IT professional in light of concerns that the onset of the World Cup would cause the pace of global business to slow down to a crawl. Given the fanatic devotion of sports fans, Tufin's UK sample was asked: Should they experience a major IT disaster during the final of the World Cup, would they delay fixing the problem? Tufin's US sample was asked the same question, but in regards to the Super Bowl. Remarkably, despite the fanatic devotion of football fans around the world, 87% of UK respondents said they would forego the match to fix the problem and 80% of the 263 US respondents said they'd stop watching the Super Bowl to fix the disaster.

This contrasts findings recently released by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), who questioned 700 British businesses and found they were worried the World Cup competition could cost "a fortune in lost production as employees take time off and waste time nattering about the tournament."

A small minority of respondents, 12% in the UK and 15% in the US, would continue to watch the game while leaving the organization to fend for itself. In the US, 3% of respondents were unsure of how they would respond. Using LinkedIn's comments function, US respondents were not shy voicing their opinions. One IT professional stated, "Wow! I can't believe how many people would ignore a disaster... Maybe it is the fault of corporate management not educating their people on Risk Management and Business Continuity... ?" Another said, "Out of this poll 18% so far will get fired, I would love to know who they are to have them black listed in my IT outsource (sic) book."

Also worth noting are the differences in how US respondents answered based on factors such as age and job function. 95% of respondents age 55 years and up reported they would forego the game for an IT disaster, while only 73% of respondents in the 25-34 age range would, and 86% of respondents between the ages of 18-24 and 35-54. Shockingly, 25% of those in an operations role would forego the game, as would 31% of business development professionals, though to be fair, Business Development professionals would not be the first line of defense in an IT disaster. It should come as a comfort that know that 93% of IT Staff and 100% of engineers sampled place their job in higher regard then their love of sports.

Speaking about the choices available, one respondent drew the comparison that it was akin to "secure employment or growing a big beer belly on food stamps," a sentiment, although perhaps less expressively voiced, shared by the majority. Another loyal professional stated, "You must fix your ship or sink with it." "Besides," said another, "when was the last Super Bowl worth watching? 1986... ?"

Shaul Efraim, VP Products, Marketing and Business Development for Tufin Technologies said, "Although there have been many reports of people skipping work to watch the matches, our study shows that many network defenders won't be taking their 'eye off the ball.' IT professionals have been busy preparing for this event in the months preceding the opening ceremony in South Africa, fully aware that there will be others within the organization that could disrupt or compromise the system by streaming video content, downloading apps and visiting websites -- some potentially, harbouring and injecting malicious code. By ensuring patches and policies are up to date and firewalls are fully optimized, the chances of having to choose between your job and your country's national pastime are minimized."

Some of Tufin's favorite responses to this survey were from respondents who compared employment in the IT sector to military service -- "Joining IT is the same as joining military services. You MUST hold off everything you are doing at the time of emergency," said one. "It's not just a job, it's an adventure," said another. If only the rest of the workforce had the same job dedication, perhaps the next four weeks wouldn't cost British businesses the predicted one billion pounds.

About Tufin Technologies
Tufin™ is the leading provider of Security Lifecycle Management solutions that enable companies to cost-effectively manage their network security policy, comply with regulatory standards, and minimize IT risk. Tufin's products SecureTrack™ and SecureChange™ Workflow help security operations teams to manage change, minimize risks and dramatically reduce manual, repetitive tasks through automation. With a combination of accuracy and simplicity, Tufin empowers security officers to perform reliable audits and demonstrate compliance with corporate and government standards. Founded in 2005 by leading firewall and business systems experts, Tufin serves more than 550 customers in industries from telecom and financial services to energy, transportation and pharmaceuticals. A respected member of the network security community, Tufin partners with leading vendors including Check Point, Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet and F5, and is committed to setting the gold standard for technological innovation and dedicated customer service. For more information visit, or follow Tufin on:

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