Endpoint protection strategy lacking in two-thirds of enterprises
Despite the proliferation of endpoints, only a third of enterprises have an endpoint protection strategy, a new survey reveals.
The number and nature of critical endpoints in enterprise networks is evolving as employee-owned devices, virtual machines, point-of-sale terminals, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and servers add to the existing fleet of more traditional desktops, tablets or phones. Efforts to protect those endpoints seem to be lagging behind the sheer proliferation of endpoints though. As many as two-thirds of enterprises lack an endpoint protection strategy, according to a new survey conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of security firm Tripwire. In addition, sixty percent of respondents said they are not confident that all of the devices connected to their networks receive security updates in a timely fashion.
“Timely application of security updates is one of the most effective ways to reduce risk in any organization, but it remains a widespread challenge,” said Tim Erlin, senior director of IT security and risk strategy at Tripwire. “As more diverse devices are deployed, the availability and management of these updates becomes more difficult. Organizations need to have a strategy now, before an incident occurs.”
IoT endpoints not a top security priority
The starting point of an endpoint protection strategy should be the acknowledgement that endpoints, and therefore endpoint protection, are indeed critical. But here again, the survey results are somehow surprising, with a mere 21 percent of respondents considering the security of IoT devices in their networks as one of their top security concerns. An additional 10 percent said they do not even see the significance of the IoT. In the meantime, 52 percent estimated the growth rate of endpoints on their networks over the coming 24 months at under 25 percent per year.
“The proliferation of devices from BYOD (bring your own device), IoT, and the incidental use of personal devices in the enterprise is causing ‘device sprawl,’ so it’s no surprise enterprises aren’t keeping up,” said Dwayne Melancon, vice president of products. “The key to dealing with this risk is to remember that foundational controls still apply, regardless of scale – know what’s on your network, understand how it’s vulnerable, keep it patched, keep it securely configured, and monitor the heck out of it for suspicious activity.”
In total, only 31 percent of respondents said they conduct comprehensive inventories of hardware- and software-based assets on their networks only once per year. Only 15 percent said they conduct inventories continuously.
More than 500 IT security professionals participated in the survey.
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