In order to accurately assess organizations’ endpoint security technologies, policies, and processes, ESG surveyed 340 IT and information security professionals representing large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing endpoint security technology products and services.
Endpoint security used to be a quasi “set-it-and-forget-it” category at many enterprise organizations. The IT operations team would provision PCs in an approved, secure configuration and then install AV software on each system. Of course there were periodic security updates (vulnerability scans, patches, signature updates, etc.), but the endpoint security foundation was set and dry by then.
Like all other industry analysts, I offered my prognostications for 2015 in my blog way back in 2014. Prediction #1 on my list: Widespread impact from the cybersecurity skills shortage.
As part of its annual IT spending intentions research, ESG asks IT professionals around the world to identify areas where they have a problematic shortage of IT skills. Over the past three years, information security skills topped this list. In 2014, 25% of all surveyed organizations said they had a problematic shortage of infosec skills.
In 2014, SDN gained a lot of momentum and many organizations are already piloting SDN or planning deployment projects for next year. Good news for network security because SDN holds a lot of promise for improving the role of the network with incident prevention, detection, and response.
The website, Urban Dictionary, defines the expression “don’t poke the bear” as follows:
A phrase of warning used to prevent oneself or others from asking or doing something that might provoke a negative response from someone or something else.
Earlier this year, ESG published a research report titled, Network Security Trends In the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing. As part of this report, ESG surveyed 321 security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) about their networking and network security strategies.
Over the last few months, I’ve talked to a number of CISOs and security analytics professionals about threat intelligence as I’m about to dig into this topic with some primary research.
One of the things I’ve learned is that large enterprises are consuming lots of open source and commercial threat intelligence feeds. In some cases, these feeds are discrete services from vendors like iSight Partners, Norse, or Vorstack. Alternatively, they also purchase threat intelligence along with products from security vendors like Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, FireEye, Fortinet, IBM, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, Trend Micro, Webroot, and a cast of a thousand others.
In the past, cybersecurity was thought of as an IT problem where CISOs were given meager budgets and told to handle IT security with basic technical safeguards and a small staff of security administrators. Fast forward to 2014 and things have certainly changed now that business mucky-mucks read about data breaches in the Wall Street Journal on a daily basis.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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