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New Study Underscores the Need for Affordable, Accessible Security Solutions
AUSTIN, Texas, June 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released findings from a new IDC® White Paper, Affordable Tools and Shared Responsibilities Define Midmarket IT Security Trends, sponsored by SolarWinds. The white paper is based on a survey of both IT and non-IT respondents on their organization’s cybersecurity practices to explore the threat landscape—revealing that organizations are prioritizing security in terms of budget and tool adoption but are vulnerable to even greater risks that exist within their organizations.
Specifically, nearly 62 percent of survey respondents cited user errors as the top cybersecurity threat within the company, claiming that user mistakes contributed to the largest attack exposure. Of these insider threats, more than half of survey respondents reported that regular employees (rather than executives or those with privileged access) pose the biggest risk for insider abuse or misuse.
Additional survey results pointed to the need for effective and affordable tools to help reduce deliberate and malicious attacks and avoid accidental configurations. And, while detection and monitoring tools are in place for larger external threats, the protective practices associated with basic cyberhygiene need additional focus.
“While the bad guys may be getting increasingly smarter, SolarWinds is upping the ante for the good guys,” stated Brandon Shopp, vice president, product strategy, security. “We meet the demand for affordability and effectiveness because we are focused on solving the security problems that technology professionals are trying to solve every day. We’re not trying to boil the ocean with overly-complex and expensive solutions. We help simplify security at all levels—from the initial threat identification stage through to recovery. That’s our promise.”
“Cybercriminals now operate as part of a well-oiled machine that can easily crank out a variety of attacks that are both random and focused in nature,” says Tim Brown, vice president of security, SolarWinds. “But in reality, an equally dangerous and even more imminent threat exists: internal users. Between mistakes and technology deployment misconfigurations, organizations are finding themselves highly susceptible to threats that are perpetuated from the inside, leaving themselves effectively wide open to attacks.”
SolarWinds’ breadth of security solutions includes SolarWinds® Access Rights Manager (ARM), SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM), SolarWinds Threat Monitor, SolarWinds Backup, SolarWinds Mail Assure, SolarWinds Passportal, SolarWinds Risk Intelligence, and SolarWinds Patch Manager—plus a suite of monitoring and management platforms with security baked in, including capabilities for robust endpoint detection and response.
Organizations have demonstrated significant progress when it comes to defending against external threats but are still vulnerable to increasingly risky insider threats.
Organizations are making a concerted effort to dedicate more budget toward solutions and tools to improve security measures but the tools are often cost-prohibitive.
Cybersecurity teams are often overconfident when it comes to their abilities to defend their IT environments and must continue to pay equal attention to protective strategies.
To download the white paper, please click here.
The results presented in this study are derived from a survey link sent to both IT and non-IT respondents who declared themselves to be either knowledgeable or very knowledgeable about their organization’s cybersecurity practices. All results were collected from a survey website during February 2019.
Of all the respondents, 66% were based in North America, 17% were from the United Kingdom, and 17% were from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Regarding company size, 56% of respondents were from midmarket organizations (100 to 1,000 employees), 24% of respondents were from large-scale organizations (1,000+ employees), and 20% of respondents were from small businesses (under 100 employees).
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