Huntsville, Ala. – June 17, 2009 – LANDESK – an Avocent company - announces the results of a new survey into IT Endpoint Security conducted by IDC across the three major economies in Europe: UK, France and Germany. The survey reveals serious concerns about organisations’ response to an increased level of threat to endpoint security and the need to manage increasing IT complexity, as well as presenting budget trends for IT spending.
The survey was independently conducted by IDC with the head of IT departments in organisations across the three countries. Each respondent works in an organisation with a minimum of 2,000 employees, with 23% working in organisations employing over 5,000 staff, and 41% in organisations with over 10,000 employees.
In the executive summary, IDC warns that the results ‘give rise to serious concerns about the pace at which organisations are responding (or are able to respond) to the growing security threat to the endpoints of their IT infrastructure’. The influence of the Web as ‘the new threat vector of choice among hackers and cyber criminals’ and a tipping point in 2009 at which shipments of portable PCs will exceed those of desktop PCs, mean that the risk is focusing on endpoint security. This is reinforced by IDC predictions that the number of mobile workers, worldwide, will increase from the 2006 level of 750 million, to 1 billion by 2012.
- The majority of organisations are not responding to increased threat levels posed by the rise in mobile working via laptops, and increased levels of web-based crime
- 46% of respondents are unaware or unsure of the benefit of HIPS end-point security technology
- 61% currently use multiple consoles despite the increasing complexity of systems management
- Budget trends for IT spending are positive despite global down-turn
Despite the focus on endpoint security and the warning from IDC that ‘Recessionary times imply that the threat risk will increase’, reliance is still heavily placed on signature-based anti-virus solutions in isolation. Only 43% of respondents currently use a Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to provide effective endpoint security.
Robert Redgate, Consulting Manager at IDC EMEA Consulting suggests that the survey results call for greater awareness of HIPS technology; “Around 46% of respondents state that they were either not aware, or not sure, of the benefits of HIPS, despite IDC research demonstrating the importance of this technology to enhance security. This lack of knowledge is reinforced as 23% categorically state that they do not believe that HIPS is ‘a necessity when providing security at individual workstation level”.
The threat to security is compounded by the increased complexity of managing an ever-increasing mobile workforce, which IDC predicts will reach one billion or some 30% of the total global workforce by 2012. In addition, IDC forecasts that the number of portable PCs shipped will exceed the number of desktop PCs for the first time in 2009, and by 2013 purchases of portable PCs will be double that of desktop devices. Only 19% of respondents state that their security technology is ‘completely effective’ in allowing them to change and update security policies on remote endpoints or those that are not connected to the corporate network or over a VPN, whilst 61% currently need multiple consoles for systems management and endpoint protection.
IDC suggests that increased mobility and growing security threats make centralised management of endpoint security the ‘obvious response to operational IT complexity and uncertainty’. Despite this, only 19% of respondents state that their security technology is "completely effective" in allowing them to change and update security policies on endpoints that are not connected to the corporate network or over VPN. IDC warns ‘‘the increased complexity being introduced by corporate mobility is opening up a massive hole in the IT defences”.
Redgate concludes, “The overall population of companies surveyed is not well positioned to respond to the compound threat of complexity and external attack in the IT endpoint.”
The survey results suggest that budget constraints are not responsible for the current lack of awareness of endpoint security technology, and the low adoption of centralised management consoles: 68% of respondents did not have a budget cut this year, whilst 71% of respondents expect their budget to either stay the same or increase compared to the previous year. The budget for security is even more robust, with 84% increasing spending on security this year and a similar number expecting an increase in security budgets in the next two years.
“The optimistic budget trends, in the face of the global downturn, underline the importance that organisations place on IT security. Despite this, organisations are failing to implement the tools that will allow them to mitigate security risk and manage the complexity of an increasingly mobile workforce,” said Andy Baldin, VP, EMEA at LANDESK Software. “LANDESK solutions are designed to help IT Managers implement better endpoint management, which also enables many other business benefits including higher user productivity, lower IT costs from reduced client overhead, fewer help desk calls and lower desktop management costs by stabilising the system image, whilst improving corporate governance and regulatory compliance.”
The IDC executive brief “Endpoint Security: A Timely Warning for Today's Economic Climate” is available free of charge from the LANDESK website at http://www.landesk.com/campaigns/2011/IDCLandingPage/index.html
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