Report: Only 27% of orgs have advanced threat protection on endpoints

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Web malware (47%) and ransomware (42%) are at the top of the list of security threats that organizations are most concerned about, according to a new report from cloud security company Menlo Security. Despite these growing concerns, fewer than a third of organizations (27%) have advanced risk protection on every endpoint device that can access corporate applications and resources.

The epidemic resulted in a complete change in how people perform personal and professional tasks, expanding into hybrid and remote work environments and attack surfaces becoming the norm. To simplify this level of remote work, organizations implemented turnkey, software-a-service (SaaS) solutions that allow the entire employee base to work from home. As the cloud shifted toward more efficient productivity and collaboration despite having distributed workforce, it made legacy security systems ineffective against earlier attacks in an on-premises office environment.

As a result, there has been an increase in the recently identified class of cyber threats, known as highly evasive adaptive threats (HEATs), which use techniques to avoid multiple layers of security stacks to deliver malware or compromise credentials.

Twelve graphs.  Less than three in 10 entities have advanced risk protection on each endpoint device used to access corporate applications and resources.
Less than three in 10 entities have advanced risk protection on each endpoint device used to access corporate applications and resources.

As employees spend more time working in browsers and accessing the SaaS app, the risk of HEAT attacks increases; The report found that nearly two-thirds of organizations (62%) had the device compromised in the last 12 months by browser-based attacks. The data suggests that while organizations are not active enough to mitigate the risks, 45% have failed to add strength to their network security stack in the past year. There are also conflicting opinions on the most effective place to organize security to prevent advanced threats – 43% block the network and 37% block the cloud.

For optimally secure networks, leaders must modernize legacy security stacks and move from a reactive mindset to a preventive approach to security based on a zero-trust architecture and adopting the Secure Access Service Edge framework to effectively protect today’s work-environment. .

The survey asked 505 IT decision makers in the United States and the United Kingdom about their business response to the HEAT landscape, threats and security challenges, and priorities for 2022. Interviewed by Sepio Research in February 2022.

Read the full report by Menlo Security.

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