Survey Finds CIOs Unprepared For Breaches

endpoint securityA security firm surveyed 400 IT decision makers and 1,500 knowledge workers about endpoint security and found that even though C-level executives are concerned about company security, they are still not doing enough to secure their endpoints from today’s security threats.

The firm, Code42, revealed that 25% of IT decision makers say that end users are the biggest security risk in the enterprise today. However, IT decision-makers say that 30% of all end users don’t know if they have endpoint security measures in place on their company networks. Findings show that 89% of CIOs say that their ability to protect corporate and customer data is important for their company’s reputation.

Another concern for companies are BYOD policies. According to the survey, 36% of IT decision makers say that they supply their employees with two endpoint devices for work – usually a laptop and smartphone. The survey also found that 1 out of 20 knowledge workers were supplied with more than 5 devices for work. C-level executives and IT decision makers believe that their companies do have a BYOD policy. About 68% of IT decision makers said that their companies had a set policy in place for employees who brought their own devices, but 67% of knowledge workers disagreed with that belief. This is worrying because overall, CISOs believe that 47% of their company data is held on endpoint devices, including devices covered under BYOD policies. In other words, if a security incident happens, companies could lose almost half of their confidential information to a breach.

Almost 90% of CIOs and IT knowledge workers believe that losing company data that’s stored on enterprise endpoints would be very disruptive, and business destroying. Only 53% of IT teams say that they are confident in their crisis plans if a security incident occurs. The lack of planning on the IT teams’ parts have other employees worried about their data. Employees said that they did not trust their IT teams with their personal data, and did not trust their companies to keep confidential enterprise information safe.

The majority of IT decision makers say that IT teams should provide employee with endpoint protection and data security policies that make it easier to keep information safe. About 77% of knowledge workers advocate for more investment into endpoint data protection. However, only 62% of IT decision makers realize that there should be more improvement in endpoint data protection throughout the enterprise.

Enterprises need to invest in endpoint security protection as they become more likely targets of security breaches. BYOD policies leave corporate information vulnerable to data breaches, and companies need to make sure they have a plan in place to prevent their information from becoming compromised. Promisec Endpoint Manager (PEM) lets companies monitor all of their endpoint assets and enforce BYOD policies. PEM offers cyber threat detection capabilities and remediation. PEM can make sure that all devices have installed the latest security updates, and meet corporate security standards, so companies won’t have to worry about endpoint security breaches.