Organizations are concerned that the digital attack surface is getting out of control

Organizations are concerned that the digital attack surface is getting out of control

Trend Micro study reveals visibility and control gaps are undermining security in India

Built-in TrendMicro (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the leader in cloud security, today announced the findings of a new global study indicating that organizations are struggling to define and protect an expanding cyberattack surface, hampering risk management efforts.

Trend Micro surveyed 6,297 IT and business decision makers in 29 countries, including India, to compile the study. To read a full copy of the report, visit: https://www.trendmicro.com/explore/trend_global_risk_research_2

The study revealed that, on average, organizations in India have only 67% visibility into their entire attack surface, while 95% of organizations have been able to define their attack surface to some degree. Over 39% of organizations feel completely exposed to cyber risk in the event of a cloud outage.

Visibility challenges seem to be the main reason organizations struggle to manage and understand cyber risk in these environments. 92% of respondents are concerned about the ever-evolving and expanding attack surface.

The huge investments made in IT modernization in recent years appear to have created momentum that is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. 64% of respondents noted that their organization’s digital attack surface is complex but can be controlled.

Attack surface visibility is extremely challenging in current times due to various reasons such as lack of the right tool, or organizations have too many tools that keep information in silos, constant technological innovation, lack of visibility, etc. 41% of respondents feel their organization’s attack surface has the least visibility into network assets.

β€œIT modernization over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases it has inadvertently expanded the digital attack surface, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets,” said. Sharda Tickoo, CTO, India and SAARC, Trend Micro. “A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimize visibility gaps, improve risk assessments, and improve protection in these complex and distributed IT environments.”

Other finds specific to India:

  • 93% of respondents believe that the C-Suite should play a greater role in demonstrating good cybersecurity practices.
  • 65% of organizations currently have moderate risk exposure
  • 55% of organizations plan to invest in education for their IT team in 2022
  • 39% of organizations currently use a platform model to manage their digital attack surface
  • 57% of respondents say improved visibility is the biggest advantage of having a platform model

The ultimate goal of gaining visibility and control of the digital attack surface is ultimately to better understand and manage cyber risk. The benefits of a platform-based strategy is to eliminate data silos and provide comprehensive, enterprise-wide visibility into digital assets.

About Trend Micro

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