|[July 16, 2014]
The Year of Endpoint: Only 39% Have Advanced Endpoint Security in Place Even As 74% Agree Endpoints are 'Most Vulnerable' to an Attack
NEEDHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
a pioneer in endpoint security and compliance solutions, today
announced the results of a survey of IT security professionals which
found that endpoint security solutions today are lacking and don't
provide protections or detections adequate for today's security
The survey found that only 39% of companies have advanced endpoint
security protections in place even though 74% consider endpoints to be
"most vulnerable" to a cyber-attack, and 76% say the number of endpoints
is rising. In addition, 58% of respondents said traditional anti-virus
defenses no longer address advanced targeted threats and only 19%
believe they will play a vital role in the future.
The survey found that 70% of IT professionals are either 'highly' or
'moderately' concerned about a potential security breach in the next
year but only 32% say they are 'well prepared' for a cyber-attack.
74% of respondents consider endpoints, such as desktops, laptops and
mobile devices, to be the "most vulnerable" part of the network. Case in
point, only 32% of companies said they were able to complete Microsoft (News - Alert)
patch updates in less than a week even though these updates play a key
role eliminating known vulnerabilities. Moreover, 34% said it took up to
a month, 19% said it took over a month and 14% "never" achieved full
rollout of updates. In spite of these endpoint security challenges, only
30% have a dedicated endpoint security budget.
More than half of respondents said there is a bigger need for SIEM
and/or advanced threat detection and correlation systems to have deeper
endpoint analytics. The respondents categorized it as 'very important'
as endpoints are a common attack point and monitoring these points of
entry are vital to identifying an attack and taking steps toward
A majority of VP and C-Level IT leaders surveyed indicated a heightened
fear of a security breach in the coming year and acknowledged a rapidly
shifting security landcape, which now includes endpoint security.
33% of VP and C-Level IT leaders surveyed said they have advanced
endpoint protections in place but 75% indicated they have a need for
deeper endpoint analytics to assist in threat detection.
Nearly 70% of VP and C-Level IT leaders put endpoints at the top of
their most vulnerable list.
An Overwhelming majority of VP and C-Level IT Leaders (83%) say
antivirus solutions are not part of their future for protecting
against advanced threats.
An alarming 86% of VP and C-Level IT Leaders have a heightened fear of
a breach over the next year.
"The security landscape continues to evolve in response to a new breed
of more complex and sophisticated threats, where traditional blocking
and prevention mechanisms, such as firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware
software, are simply no longer enough to keep our networks safe," said
Dan Ross, CEO of Promisec. "Our survey indicates that companies have
begun to embrace endpoint security as a critical part of their total
security portfolio, but have yet to adopt a robust endpoint monitoring
and remediation infrastructure to address today's most severe threats."
Companies Struggle to Keep Pace with Advanced Targeted Threats
55% of respondents say they are "not confident" that the security
measures they have in place will protect against all scenarios.
40% of respondents said that they are only 'modestly' keeping up with
BYOD and mobility trends as the number of endpoints increase on their
45% of respondents said there has been only a 'modest increase' in
their companies stepping up its focus on security in response to
threats but there are still possible gaps in security.
58% said employees are reasonably compliant and use caution but
believe they could do a better job establishing and enforcing basic
56% of respondents said that patching, remediation, and compliance are
the biggest challenges relative to endpoint security.
The survey was conducted between June 1, 2014, and June 16, 2014, and
reflects responses from over 150 IT decision makers including senior
management, security managers, directors, and network and systems
To learn more about Promisec and its offerings, please visit: www.promisec.com
is a pioneer in endpoint visibility and remediation, empowering
organizations to avoid threats and disarm attacks that can lead to
unwanted headlines and penalties. Promisec's technology assures users
that their endpoints are secure, audits are clean, regulations are met
and vulnerabilities are addressed proactively to ensure the integrity of
enterprise IT. The Promisec Endpoint Management solution provides the
power of agentless visibility and remediation before these threats can
have impact, ensuring endpoint security, compliance and operational
efficiency. More than 400 globally recognized companies, including
Amdocs (News - Alert), Fossil, Teva and Wellpoint, trust in Promisec to stay secure,
compliant and operationally efficient. Visit www.promisec.com
for more information.
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