Endpoint Security , Open XDR

The State of Endpoint Resilience: Improvement Required

Outdated and Misconfigured Software Still Rampant, Says Absolute's Christy Wyatt
Christy Wyatt, CEO, Absolute

The state of endpoint security might appear good at first glance, but look below the surface, and the situation may not be as rosy as it seems, says Christy Wyatt, CEO of Absolute.

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Sharing early findings from Absolute's new "2020 State of Endpoint Resilience Report", Wyatt reveals glaring holes in the security fabric of today’s enterprise environments - despite the astronomical investments being made. Analyzing anonymized data from endpoints across 12,000 customer organizations, the company found that while 75 percent of enterprise PCs and laptops are running Windows 10, 80 percent of those have a version of the operating system that is more than a year old. In addition, in the almost half of all devices that have a VPN installed, the software is outdated, misconfigured or non-compliant with the organization's own security policies.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA 2020, Wyatt also discusses:

  • The initial findings from Absolute's research into endpoint resilience;
  • Top endpoint security shortcomings and challenges;
  • How enterprises can better understand if their cybersecurity investments are working.

Wyatt, CEO of Absolute, has also held a variety of executive and technology leadership roles at globally recognized business and technology brands, including Good Technology (now Blackberry), Citigroup, Motorola, Apple and Sun Microsystems.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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