Report: Enterprises fighting uphill security battle

Data and application security is and always will be a priority in the business world, as keeping mission-critical resources safe from exposure and the hands of malicious individuals is critical to keeping customers happy and operations functioning. For this reason, IT asset management teams need to ensure they keep up with the evolving threat landscape. Unfortunately, this task is proving more challenging by the year.

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study of more than 9,600 executives highlighted that respondents are identifying more vulnerabilities than ever before. While this shows signs of improvement, the survey found that organizations are fighting an uphill battle, as most cyber criminals and other malicious outsiders tend to stay at least one step ahead of the enterprise.

One of the biggest problems is that companies simply do not update their practices. The cloud can be an excellent example. PwC found that 47 percent of respondents are using the cloud, many of which are experiencing some security benefits from doing so. At the same time, however, only 18 percent have included cloud-related provisions in their overall IT security policy.

“While staying on the cusp of IT innovation is critical to remaining competitive, businesses must prioritize updating their defense practices and guidelines, as failing to keep critical assets out of harm’s way will only counteract any benefits that would have come along with implementing new technologies in the first place,” said Michael Antonelli, President of Aptris.

Finding the right defense
PwC suggested that businesses establish integrated security tactics in which collaboration is a critical factor. Experts said that it is important that every employee, decision-maker and partner understand a firm’s security policies and the consequences that are associated with breaching those guidelines.

A separate Symantec report highlighted how human error is often the biggest contributor to data breaches. While this is sometimes due to simple negligence of rules, it is also because many individuals do not know how to properly leverage advanced technologies without inadvertently introducing new risk.

IT asset management professionals need to take the time to ensure that the entire workplace is on the same page and that employees understand how to use sophisticated tools safely. With the proper training, education and awareness programs, organizations may be able to keep pace with the constantly evolving threat landscape.