Endpoint Security’s Situational Overview:

Relevance of endpoint security increasing

Security professionals have high expectations for endpoint security solutions and those expectations are increasing. This is logically expected. From IDC surveys, endpoint threats rank high among security professionals’ concerns. Moreover, security breaches are also common with many due to endpoint compromises (see Figure 2). According to IDC’s U.S. Managed Security Services/Managed Detection and Response Survey, 90% of survey respondents stated their organizations sustained at least one security breach in the past 12–24 months. For 66% of the surveyed organizations, they sustained seven or more security breaches during the past 24-month period.  Adding to security concerns, high-risk URLs are on the rise and the perceived risk of new and unknown threats aimed at endpoints is trending upward. 

Further increasing security professionals’ endpoint security expectations is the dramatic rise in employees working from their homes and expectations that work-from-home arrangements will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the foreseeable future. Considering these circumstances, organizations should question if aftermarket, bolted-on endpoint security software is sufficient or if they would be better served with overlaid security software paired with hardware-based device security.

Figure 2:
Security Professionals’ Top Concerns Are Highly Concentrated on Threats Aimed at or Through Endpoints (Endpoint as the Initial Point of Compromise)

Q. Which of the following five factors are your company’s greatest concerns when it comes to securing your business operations and IT environments?

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