Trend Micro Incorporated announced the findings of a new global study indicating that organizations are struggling to define and secure an expanding cyber-attack surface, hampering risk management efforts.
Visibility challenges appear to be the main reason organizations are struggling to manage and understand cyber risk in these environments.
Almost two-thirds (62%) said they have blind spots that hamper security, with cloud environments cited as the most opaque. On average, respondents estimated having just 62% visibility of their attack surface. These challenges are multiplied in global organizations. Two-thirds (65%) of respondents claimed that being an international enterprise that spans multiple jurisdictions makes managing the attack surface harder.
Yet a quarter (24%) are still mapping their systems manually and 29% do so regionally—which can create further silos and visibility gaps.
“IT modernization over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases it unwittingly expanded the digital attack surface, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets,” said Bharat Mistry, Technical Director at Trend Micro. “A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimize visibility gaps, enhance risk assessments and improve protection across these complex, distributed IT environments.”
The study also revealed that over half (54%) of global organizations don’t believe their method of assessing risk exposure is sophisticated enough. This is borne out in other findings:
- Only 45% have a completely well-defined way to assess risk exposure
- More than a third (35%) only review/update their exposure monthly or less frequently
- Just 23% review risk exposure daily
- Keeping up to date with the ever-changing attack surface is the top area organizations struggle with
A platform-based approach will not only reduce expenditure on renewing and managing point products, it also saves stretched IT teams time and effort—freeing them to work on high value proactive security tasks rather than swivel-chair fire-fighting.