When Bromium, a global enterprise security company, asked Black Hat attendees what they considered the source of the worst security risks, over half of the respondents said endpoints are the security risk they are most concerned about. What makes endpoint so risky? Humans and vulnerable software are two reasons. But security patches not being applied in a timely manner is another. Only 10 percent of those surveyed said they apply patches on the day they are released, while half of the respondents say they apply the patch in the first week. Nearly a quarter, however, said it takes a month or more to apply a patch. Sue Marquette Poremba cautions:
"Patching can be time consuming, but it is also one of the easiest and most crucial security functions. Yet, it is routinely put on the back burner. No wonder the endpoints are at risk!"
Your company's data — client information, payment information, personal files, bank account details — is always at risk of falling into the wrong hands. And every day, security threats seem to come from a new place.
In this slideshow, we have collected some of the best advice that leading security experts have shared with IT Business Edge recently, identifying areas of data vulnerability and helping you develop strategies for securing your data and information systems.