The Ponemon Institute published their 2013 State of the Endpoint study. The “endpoint” in IT is best described as devices such as your PC, laptop, iPad and smartphone. These endpoints are proving difficult to secure for numerous reasons.
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Here are the most noteworthy bullets:
· Eighty percent of respondents believe laptops and other mobile data-bearing devices such as smart phones pose a significant security risk to their organization’s networks or enterprise systems because they are not secure.
· Third-party application risk increases. Google Docs and Adobe, including Flash and Adobe Reader are the applications of greatest concern.
· Malware attacks are increasing. Fifty-eight percent of respondents say their organizations have more than 25 malware attempts or incidents each month and another 20 percent are unsure.
· The biggest headaches for IT pros are advanced persistent threats and hacktivism.
· Eighty-five percent of respondents are very concerned or increasingly concerned about Mac malware infections. This percentage remains unchanged from 2011.
· Higher IT operating expenses are blamed on malware.
· The lack of an enforceable centralized cloud security policy is putting unstructured confidential information at risk. Forty-five percent of respondents say their organization does not enforce employees’ use of private clouds and 14 percent are unsure.
· Controlling access privileges is often non-existent in organizations represented in this study. Sixty percent do allow local admin privileges to part of their user environment or to the entire user environment.