Enterprise Endpoints at Risk


Enterprise Endpoints at Risk

By Greg Tavarez

Organizations face intense pressure to implement effective endpoint management solutions. They are finding it difficult to maintain the visibility and control of endpoint devices. With the increase in frequency and magnitude of cyberattacks, combined with an increasing number of enterprise endpoints, this is leading to increased security breaches.

Adaptiva released its “Managing Risks and Costs at the Edge” report, conducted by Ponemon Institute. The report found the average enterprise manages 135,000 endpoints.  They also spend more than $4 million of their annual budget on endpoint protection. But, even with that spend, nearly 50% of devices are at risk because they are no longer detected by the organization’s IT department or the endpoints’ operating systems have become outdated.

Fifty-four percent of businesses had an average of five attacks on their organizations in the last year, at an average annual cost of $1.8 million. Organizations are having a tough time keeping up because of the productivity disruptions and system downtime.

“The world has been changing at unprecedented rates in the last two years, yet there haven’t been any significant innovations in the endpoint management space for over a decade, since the advent of cloud computing,” said Deepak Kumar, founder and CEO of Adaptiva. “Unfortunately, most organizations are running uphill with endpoint management tools that weren’t designed for today’s distributed, decentralized and digital-first world.

IT organizations are facing unprecedented rates of distribution point sprawl, which has grown since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost two-thirds of them say distribution points have increased in the last two years, and the average endpoint has as many as seven agents installed for remote management, further adding to management complexity.

Additionally, 62% enterprise say new OS and application versions are the most difficult to maintain across all endpoints, and 66% of respondents say that their organizations don’t have ample resources to minimize endpoint risk.

“IT needs tools that provide organizations with total and complete visibility over their endpoints, with real-time and continuous delivery of content to keep them healthy, patched and secure,” said Kumar. “This won’t be achieved by the dominant endpoint management solutions in the market today, which still rely on bloated centralized infrastructure, in the cloud and on-prem.”

The good news for enterprises is they have solutions available that can monitor and remediate endpoint issues while eliminating costly infrastructure. This, in turn, will keep the edge of their network secure.

Edited by Erik Linask

MSPToday Editor

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