Rise in Unprotected Enterprise Endpoints

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 28, 2010

According to Check Point’s global survey regarding endpoint security
trends, it was found that of 224 IT and security administrators, over
40 percent of businesses in the last year have more remote users
connecting to the corporate network from home or when travelling
compared to 2008. Additionally it was discovered that the clear
majority (77 percent) of businesses have up to a quarter of their total
workforce consists of regular remote users.

Inspite of the
growth in remote users, just 27 percent of respondents say their
companies currently use hard disk encryption to protect sensitive data
on corporate endpoints. In addition, only 9 percent of businesses
surveyed use encryption for removable storage devices, such as USB
flash drives. A more mobile workforce carrying large amounts of data on
portable devices leaves confidential corporate data vulnerable to loss,
theft and interception. 

With the best of technologies in
place, less than 30 percent of the businesses use data encryption. This
leaves majority of corporations dangerously exposed to the risk of a
serious data breach, said Bhaskar Bakthavatsalu, Regional Director,
India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies ltd. Fortunately,
the survey data also shows enterprises recognize the need to address
the issue, particularly with a growing mobile workforce which is a
positive sign of greater awareness.

Check Point s survey
revealed approximately 47 percent of respondents plan to purchase an
endpoint security solution in the next year with disk encryption (24
percent), NAC (22 percent) and media encryption (13 percent) being the
most popular endpoint applications. Desktop antivirus (90 percent),
antispyware (56 percent), personal firewalls (49 percent) and VPN
clients (49 percent) remain the leading endpoint applications already
deployed within the organizations surveyed.

IT staff surveyed at
companies with less than 5,000 employees also report they currently use
endpoint products from an average of three different vendors in their
organizations, causing security management issues. Larger enterprises
use on average endpoint products from five different vendors and also
feel the complexity is difficult to manage effectively.

Check Point survey covered a range of business sectors. Eighteen
percent of respondents were from the finance sector, 14 percent from
manufacturing and 11 percent from local or national government. 
Forty-four percent were from North and South America, 42 percent from
EMEA and 11 percent from Asia Pacific region. In terms of organisation
size, 23 percent had up to 99 employees, 25 percent had 100 to 499
employees, 13 percent had 500 to 999, 24 percent had between 1,000 and
4,999 employees and 15 percent had more than 5,000 employees.