Respondents cite security ahead of performance, availability, hardware issues and other factors as the leading concern in their daily jobs

Wakefield, Mass. and Nuremberg, Germany - Sept. 30, 2015 - Paessler AG, the innovative network monitoring specialist, today announced the results of its 2015 "Pain Points" survey, which polled 266 IT professionals across the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Designed to identify the top issues and concerns facing today's IT administrators, the results show that security gaps are the top concern, with 58% of respondents citing it as a "significant issue" or a "somewhat significant issue."

The survey, which was conducted in July and August, 2015, identified the following top 3 concerns as being a significant issue or a somewhat significant issue:

  • Security gaps - 58%
  • Guarantee uptime - 52%
  • Increasing bandwidth usage - 48%

The respondents were asked to identify their top problem areas among a wide range of choices, including: identify hardware issues, guarantee uptime, increasing bandwidth usage, Shadow IT, mail server availability, server hang-ups, security gaps, environmental values, website performance, virtual machines, database performance, VoIP sound quality, video streaming issues, and backups.

The rise of security as a top concern ahead of a host of more traditional issues for IT administrators underscores the role that network monitoring can play in an overall security strategy, complementing other commonly-used security products and providing a more holistic approach. Network monitoring is already regarded as a key tool for keeping a network running, but the analytics that it collects can also be a powerful weapon in the fight against malicious intruders.

"These survey results not only highlight the continuing rise of security concerns, but also help identify an opportunity for network management to play an important role in an organization's security strategy," said Christian Twardawa, chief operating officer at Paessler AG. "Rather than acting as a front line security tool like a virus scanner, network monitoring is more like a security command center that oversees the whole security picture of a network. It can keep an eye on your current security solutions, making sure they're online, while simultaneously looking for under-the-radar activity."

Christian Twardawa


These survey results not only highlight the continuing rise of security concerns, but also help identify an opportunity for network management to play an important role in an organization's security strategy

Christian Twardawa, COO, Paessler AG

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