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Last updated October 4th, 2023 by Avigdor Book

Modern businesses, more than ever, rely heavily on a robust network to function. The increasing demand for online resources and cloud-based applications has led to spikes in network traffic. But what does this mean for enterprises, and how can they manage these unpredictable peaks efficiently?

What Creates High Network Traffic?

Increased network traffic can be the result of a multitude of reasons:

  • Bandwidth-intensive applications: Streaming services, online gaming platforms, and video conferencing tools contribute significantly to the traffic on networks.

  • DDoS attacks: Malicious entities flooding the network, trying to bring it down.

  • Real-time data transfer: Applications and services requiring immediate data exchange can cause sudden spikes.

  • Ecommerce: Sales or big events can lead to a sudden increase in visitors and, consequently, traffic spikes.

The Risks: Manual Work & Misconfigurations

When there’s a sudden rise in access requests, manually handling these can lead to several issues:

  • Blind Spots: Without the use of advanced tools, monitoring network traffic spikes can be challenging. Blind spots can lead to undetected malware or potential breaches.

  • Misconfigurations: Manual configurations, especially during high traffic, are prone to errors, which might expose the network to threats.

  • Downtime: Incorrectly routing the traffic or not load balancing properly can cause outages.

Handling Spiky Traffic: Tufin’s Approach

Enterprises need to optimize their strategies for managing these traffic spikes to ensure they meet their SLAs without compromising security. Tufin, particularly the Tufin Enterprise solution, focuses on automation to address this issue.

  • Automation: Instead of relying on manual configurations, Tufin uses automation to manage access request spikes. This not only reduces human error but also ensures that the network remains secure.

  • Real-time graphs and metrics: Visual representations can provide insights into where the traffic is coming from, helping in timely decisions.

  • Load Balancing: Distributing the incoming traffic across multiple servers ensures that no single server is overwhelmed, reducing chances of downtime.

Tufin’s strategy also aligns with addressing the challenges of the IT skill shortage with managed access request spikes. With a shortage of skilled IT professionals, automation becomes even more crucial.

Why Consider Network Security Automation?

Automation, as provided by Tufin, offers several advantages:

  • Reduced Human Errors: As previously mentioned, manual setups can be prone to errors. Automation eradicates this.

  • Consistent Monitoring: Tufin monitors firewalls, and its tools offer consistent real-time insights into the network, detecting anomalies promptly.

  • Enhanced Customer Experience: With automation ensuring efficient handling of traffic spikes, end users get a smoother experience, crucial for sectors like ecommerce.


Spikes in network traffic are inevitable in today’s interconnected world. Properly managing these spikes is critical to ensuring optimal performance and security. With solutions like Tufin Enterprise, businesses can achieve this seamlessly. Intrigued? Learn more and get a firsthand experience by signing up for a demo.

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