3 Key Findings from the Upcoming 2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk Report
Get a sneak peek at the biggest trends and threats shaping endpoint security with this preview to our 2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk Report.
For five consecutive years, the annual State of Endpoint Risk Report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, has surveyed IT and security leaders responsible for securing their organizations' endpoints. This year’s report reveals today’s organizations are struggling to secure their endpoints against new and evolving threats — and paying a steep cost for each successful attack.
Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing highlights from the report here on the blog, and discussing key findings in more detail during live webinar events.
In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at some of the major themes we'll be covering, along with an infographic that shows off some of the most telling findings and stats.
1) Risk of compromise is rising thanks to fileless attacks
Seven out of 10 survey respondents indicated the endpoint security risk to their organization has significantly increased during the past 12 months. Corresponding with that increase is a rise in “fileless” attacks that exploit a fundamental gap in traditional endpoint security.
More than half of the respondents reported their organization suffered one or more successful attacks that compromised their data or IT infrastructure in 2017.
Over three-quarters of successful compromises involved fileless techniques.
Faith in traditional solutions such as antivirus programs that rely on file scanning and signature matching has declined significantly in the face of new, fileless threats. The majority of organizations are replacing or augmenting these solutions with new security tools designed to stop fileless attacks, though many remain skeptical such attacks can be stopped at all.
4 out of 5 organizations replaced or augmented their existing antivirus solution in 2017.
3) Endpoint security is becoming more costly and complex
Respondents also indicated their organizations are struggling to keep the cost and complexity of managing endpoint security down. False positives were ranked as the most significant “hidden” cost of endpoint protection — nearly half the alerts IT security teams responded to were false alarms.
Adding to that management challenge is the fact that organizations now have an average of seven different agents installed on endpoints, with each requiring its own monitoring. Only a third of organizations report having enough resources to effectively manage it all.
Download the full report for more details on the latest threats and trends shaping endpoint security.