Endpoint Security Worries Trending Up
A quick look at highlights from AT&T Cybersecurity’s
2019 Endpoint Security Survey will reveal whether you share the same questions
and challenges as 400,000 other IT and security professionals. For example, is
endpoint security becoming more important in your organization? It is in more
than three-quarters of those surveyed.
Similarly, has your endpoint security risk increased in the
last 12 months? A majority (53%) of those polled believe theirs has. So what’s
got these clear-eyed cyber-pros spooked? More than one-third cited insider
threats as their biggest concern, with slightly less (30%) most fearful of
ransomware, and 21% of human error.
It seems survey participants’ trepidation might have been
gained firsthand. In the past 12 months, 32% experienced one or more attacks
that successfully exposed data assets and/or IT infrastructure. The reported
impact of respondents’ endpoint attacks may be familiar, including: loss of
end-user productivity (52%); loss of IT productivity (40%); and system downtime
(37%), as well as reputational damage, theft of information assets, and loss of
revenue–all in the mid-thirty percent range.