Today, the typical organization has hundreds if not thousands of endpoints: desktops, workstations, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, access points, printers, IP-cams, USB devices, credit card readers, POS devices, servers, cloud VMs, and virtual desktops. The addition of IoT devices will increase the number of endpoints even more. Traditional anti-malware, signature-based, and file-scanning solutions will not be able to keep up and manage all those endpoints. This raised concerns with organizations delving into endpoint security.
CISO MAG, an information security news website, and publication from EC-Council conducted a multiple-choice survey, in the month of October 2019 to present new research on the usage of endpoint security solutions.
3 Key takeaways
The three prominent findings that stand out in the survey are:
- The best of both: Half of all companies (53.19%) that participated in this survey are using both EPP and EDR solutions.
- Endpoint visibility: Almost half of the respondents (46.38%) want real-time endpoint and application visibility.
- Managed services: Two-thirds (62.55%) said their endpoint solution included managed endpoint detection services.
Some vendors are sweetening their offerings by bundling endpoint monitoring and management services. These services offer in-depth or advanced threat hunting, forensics, and remediation services.
Another key trend is that endpoint protection is now moving to the cloud, with SaaS-based services for monitoring endpoints. The demand for endpoint security services has increased as cloud security has improved. Traditionally, endpoints were centrally managed from an on-premise server communicating with agents on the endpoints. This shifts the responsibility of managing endpoints out of the enterprise and into the hands of managed security services providers (MSSPs).
- More than half the respondents (62.98%) have been using an endpoint security solution for some time.
- It is surprising to note that 14.89% are not using any endpoint security solution.
- The rest of the respondents (22.13%) are either in the process of evaluating a solution, implementing a solution, or conducting pilot trials.
- Almost half the respondents (46.38%) agree that an endpoint security solution offers better or real-time endpoint and application visibility.
- A quarter of the respondents (25.11%) said there was increased usage of mobile devices and endpoints in their organizations.
- A fifth (20.85%) agreed there was increased volume and complexity of breaches.
- More than half (53.19%) are using a combination of EPP and EDR solutions while the rest are using one or the other.
Read the full survey report and the latest issue of CISO MAG here.