Cisco alone averages more than one “significant” security advisory a week that requires an upgrade or configuration change. The Digital Energy Journal says the lack of security patch upgrades are the biggest threat to energy infrastructure. Yet Gartner says that over 40% of all network outages are due to human error – mostly from configuration changes. How are we supposed to manage configuration changes safely while minimizing human error?
The answer is for humans to stop using the network to manage the network.
Combining a shift to network management over the console port with robust automation is what you need to stop managing the network over the network. Moving management out-of-band and removes the risk and shortcomings of traditional network management.