PROMISEC RELEASES FINDINGS OF TOP INTERNAL NETWORK THREATS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2008
In scans of more than 100,000 PCs and servers across a number of industries, not one organization is found to be threat-free Trend shows alarming rise in internal security threats in just the past year alone
NEW YORK and TEL AVIV– July 23, 2008 (AllPayNews) – Promisec Inc., a technology leader in clientless solutions to enforce the security, compliance and integrity of endpoints and servers, announced today its findings from security audits of more than 100,000 corporate endpoints. These audits were conducted in the first six months of 2008 in enterprises of different sizes and revealed that not even one organization was completely clean from internal threats, and the minimum number of threats found was three.
In today’s world, more and more customer data is being found on servers, desktops and laptops which contain critical information that can promote a company’s growth or destroy it in an instant. Furthermore, the risk extends beyond the private sector to the public sector and anyone in their homes receiving services from one of these infrastructure entities.
Promisec’s security audits were done across a number of industries, including finance, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, etc. and found that:
• Use of unauthorized removable storage continues to rise in organizations.
• The number of endpoints that do not apply threat management agents or are not updated with the latest build or signatures continues to rise.
• Instances of unauthorized instant messaging continue to increase in all organizations.
Promisec discovered that 12% of infected computers had a missing or disabled anti-virus program, 10.7% had unauthorized personal storage like USB sticks or external hard drives, 9.1% had unauthorized peer-to-peer (P2P) applications installed, 8.5% had a missing 3rd party desktop agent, 2.6% had unprotected shared folders, 2.2% had unauthorized remote control software, and 2% had missing Microsoft service packs.
One of the most alarming findings of the audit was how rapidly these internal security threats have increased over the past year. Compared to a similar study Promisec conducted in 2007, Promisec found that in the first half of 2008, the percentage of infected computers with unauthorized remote control software had increased by more than 200-fold, those without a working anti-virus program had increased 12-fold, and the number with unauthorized storage had increased by 10-fold. Other threats had increased by anywhere from two to eight times as many when compared to the previous year.
“Despite millions of dollars invested in security technology and millions more in personnel costs, we did not find a single company that had a completely clean bill of health from a risk and security perspective,” said Alan Komet, vice president of Promisec. “Internal threats are the biggest risk area to a company’s security, and the threats we found are ones that are easily remediated. However, the lack of visibility into the endpoints and servers within an enterprise makes it difficult for IT administrators to fix the problems.”
Promisec Inc. regularly conducts comprehensive security audits at potential customer sites to identify the prime threats to internal network security, originating at endpoints enterprise-wide. The audit takes less than an hour after implementation of Promisec Spectator, installed on a single enterprise workstation and can scan each endpoint in under four seconds. The software’s ability to perform discovery and provide reporting across all corporate networks produces a detailed synopsis of processes, devices and other activities on the network which may be outside of corporate policy, revealing the current state of internal network security. Promisec Spectator can then go on to remediate the issues raised by the detailed audit.
To gain immediate access to the Promisec Risk Center for Internal Network Threats, visit www.promisec.com/riskcenter and register to receive instant updates on emerging internal network threats as they are discovered by Promisec research teams. Itemized findings of the top threats to internal network security report is available on the Promisec website’s risk center as well.
Visit the Promisec Website to learn how to improve enterprise endpoint security at http://www.promisec.com. Promisec Spectator and Promisec INNERspace is available through North American resellers.
About Promisec Spectator
Promisec Spectator software (also known as Clientless Endpoint Security Management technology) provides enterprises with a complete security solution that protects them from threats originating within the internal network, caused by their own users, insiders or by technical mis-configuration. This software-only solution is normally installed on an administrator’s desktop or on a dedicated server in the SOC/NOC (Security/Network Operations Center) - not at the gateway. With detection, repair, prevention and monitoring modules, Promisec Spectator delivers a comprehensive solution to manage security on all organization network endpoints and servers
Promisec, Inc., is a technology leader in agentless management software. The company offers industry proven internal network security solutions in use by all size companies from SMBs to Global 2000 organizations. The company’s products, Promisec Spectator and Promisec INNERspace, protect against business disruption from internal network threats with the only agentless endpoint security software to deliver both monitoring and remediation for a layered approach to corporate network security. Privately held and founded in 2004, Promisec’s headquarters are located in Israel with offices in New York and Paris. Visit the Promisec Web site at www.promisec.com .
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