Additionally, the survey highlights the operational challenges information security professionals face as they struggle to manage multiple point solutions, to respond to the security alerts, and to detect and remediate compromised endpoints.
Key findings from Endpoint Protection: Attitudes and Trends 2015 include:
- End users are information security professionals’ biggest headache: nearly 80 percent of respondents believe that end users are their biggest security headache, a modest increase from similar research in 2014 with a result of 72 percent.
- End user tendency to click on malicious internet content increases risk: more than 63 percent of respondents believe that clicking on malicious Internet content by end users introduces the most security risk (43 percent URLs/20 percent e-mails).
- Responding to security alerts and compromised endpoints is costly and complex: manual and reactive processes, such as investigating security alerts and the detection and remediation of compromised endpoints each account for 20 percent of the responses. Additional results from the survey found that only 15 percent of organizations are able to respond to 90 percent or more of their security alerts, which represents an alarming security gap.
- Security professionals have lost faith in legacy security solutions: when asked to rate their confidence in a variety of information security solutions, only 31 percent responded that they were confident in antivirus and only 37 percent responded that they were confident in next-generation firewalls.
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