The ongoing global pandemic that has led to massive levels of remote work and an increased use of hybrid IT systems is leading to greater insecurity and risk exposure for enterprises, says Cybersecurity Insiders.

According to new data released by the firm, 72% of organizations experienced an increase in endpoint and IoT security incidents in the last year, while 56% anticipate their organization will likely be compromised due to an endpoint or IoT-originated attack with the next 12 months.

The 2020 Endpoint and IoT Zero Trust Security Report examines the key issues, considerations, initiatives, and investments that enterprises are advancing for more robust Zero Trust endpoint and IoT security.

The survey of 325 IT and cybersecurity decision makers in the U.S. and conducted last month “represented a balanced cross-section of organizations from financial services, healthcare and technology to government and energy,” a release stated.

“Alongside headline data that the majority experienced an endpoint and IoT security incident over the last 12 months, the top three issues were related to malware (78%), insecure network and remote access (61%), and compromised credentials (58%).”

Of note was that 43% of respondents (43%) expressed moderate to unlikely means to discover, identify, and respond to unknown, unmanaged, or insecure devices accessing network and cloud resources.

“It is clear from this new research that the challenge of securing IoT and end-points has escalated considerably as employees have been forced to work remotely while organisations try to rapidly adapt to the situation,” said Scott Gordon, chief marketing officer at Pulse Secure, which sponsored the study. ‘

“The threat is real and growing. Yet, on a positive note, the survey shows that organisations are investing in key initiatives and adopting zero trust elements such as remote access device posture checking and Network Access Control (NAC) to address some of these issues.”

The research found that 41% will implement or advance on-premise device security enforcement (NAC), 35% will advance their remote access devices posture checking, and 22% will advance their IoT device identification and monitoring capabilities.

For those that have been victim of an endpoint or IoT security issue, the most significant negative impact was a reported loss of user (55%) and IT (45%) productivity, followed by system downtime (42%).

“The diversity of users, devices, networks, and threats continue to grow as enterprises take advantage of greater workforce mobility, workplace flexibility, and cloud computing opportunities,” said Holger Schulze, CEO and founder of Cybersecurity Insiders.

“Not only do organizations need to ensure endpoints are secure and adhering to usage policy, but they must also manage appropriate IoT device access. New Zero Trust security controls can fortify dynamic device discovery, verification, tracking, remediation, and access enforcement.”

The full 2020 Endpoint and IoT Zero Trust Security Report is available at  

Paul Barker