IT Security

Endpoint management surveyed

by Mark Rowe

A global survey of 1,000 IT people across North America and Europe by IT security product company LogMeIn found that while most, 88 percent of IT respondents acknowledge the importance of endpoint management, nearly one third don’t know how many endpoints they manage. The survey also showed that although IT people consider endpoint management a priority and evolving workplace trends demand it, only about half, 52 percent are proactively addressing security concerns before a breach occurs. As a result, despite understanding the security risks associated with managing multiple devices, IT could be doing much more to manage and protect all endpoints from cyber-attacks.

The report “Uncovering the Harsh Realities of Endpoint Management: Bridging the gaps in multi-device security” offers insights into the gaps IT people are leaving in security. IT teams are faced with multiple security risks, but still don’t focus on proactive measures. According to the survey, 58 percent of IT people consider malware as their top security concern, followed by ransomware at 48 percent, and 40 percent rank cloud security breaches as a top concern. Despite this, only 52 percent of those surveyed take measures to proactively address security concerns before a breach occurs.

Lack of endpoint management leaves holes. Three in ten, 30 percent of IT people in the survey did not know how many endpoint devices exist within their organisation. Those who did, report an average of 750 endpoints including servers, employee computers and mobile devices. Though 71 percent claimed they are actively addressing security on hardware, 44 percent are not actively addressing security on software and 52 percent are not addressing it on mobile devices.

A majority of companies are not using solutions that can address these risks. Only 26 percent surveyed reported investing in automated monitoring and alerts, only 17 percent invest in anti-malware on mobile devices and 14 percent invest in third party patch management. The lack of these important security measures are leaving their companies open to potential cyber-attacks.

Sandor Palfy, Chief Technology Officer of Identity and Access Management at LogMeIn, said: “Evolving workplace trends and new attack vectors are rapidly increasing the risk of security breaches for businesses of all sizes and our research shows that many aren’t doing all that they could to avoid becoming a victim. Fortunately, there are ways to be proactive and take measures to ensure not a single threat goes unnoticed. With Central, we aim to provide IT organisations with the speed, flexibility, and insight needed to increase productivity, reduce IT costs, and mitigate risk.”

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