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7 Uncomfortable Truths Of Endpoint Security


Results of an independent survey of 3,100 IT Managers commissioned by Sophos.


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Truth #1:

It is now the norm to be a cyberattack victim.

68% of Organisations say they were hit by a cyberattack in the last year, twice on average.
Takeaway: Assume you will be hit by a cyberattack when planning your security strategies.

Truth #2:

IT teams lack visibility into attacker
dwell time.

Organisations don’t know how long nearly one in five (17%) was in their environment before being discovered. As a result, they don’t know the damage caused.
Takeaway: Worry about the threats you can track. Worry more about those you can’t. 

Truth #3:

IT teams can’t plug their security gaps because they don’t know what they are.

One in five IT Managers are unaware how their most significant cyberattack entered their organisations. As a result, they are unable to protect these entry points.
Takeaway: To improve your long-term security, it’s essential to understand your weaknesses.

Truth #4:

Organisations lose 41 days each year investigating non-issues.

Organisations spend, on average, 48 days a year investigating potential security incidents, yet only 15% turn out to be actual infections.
Takeaway: Endpoint detection and response (EDR) technologies that identify, prioritise, and analyse security incidents save you time while improving security.

Truth #5:

Organisations struggle to detect and respond to threats due to lack of security expertise.

Four in five IT Managers wish they had a stronger team in place to properly detect, investigate, and respond to security incidents. Yet 70% struggle to recruit the cybersecurity skills they need.
Takeaway: Focus on technologies that enable you to add expertise without adding headcount.

Truth #6:

More than half of organisations don’t see the value of their EDR solutions.

While 93% of IT Managers want EDR in their security arsenal, 54% or organisations that have invested in EDR can’t get full value from it
Takeaway: Ensure you choose an EDR solution that you can use based on your current skills and resources.

Truth #7:

Once bitten, twice shy – Cyber victims lean the hard way.

Organisations that fell victims to a cyberattack in the last year investigate twice as many incidents as other organisations and spend 1/3 more time investigating potential security incidents.
Takeaway: Act now. Ensure your endpoint security strategy is up to date to minimise the risk of being hit.
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