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Only a third of businesses have endpoint security strategies, survey finds

Only a third of organisations have endpoint security strategies, according to a new survey of IT leaders.

Just 33 per cent of those questioned by Tripwire said they have security strategies in place to protect the growing number of endpoints on their networks.

Accordingly, 60 per cent of the respondents said they are not confident that all the devices connected to their networks receive updates in a timely fashion.

"Timely application of security updates is one of the most effective ways to reduce risk in any organisation, 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.

"Organisations need to have a strategy now, before an incident occurs."

The survey also found that 21 per cent of IT leaders consider the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on their networks to be one of their top security concerns.

31 per cent said they only conduct comprehensive inventories of the hardware- and software-based assets on their networks once per year.

Meanwhile, 52 per cent of those surveyed said they expect the number of endpoints on their networks to grow at a rate of less than 25 per cent per year over the next 24 months.

“The proliferation of devices from BYOD, 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 at Tripwire.

“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.”

For more from the survey, see the Tripwire website.

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