A recent report from the Ponemon Institute shows that only a third of businesses think they can protect themselves from data breaches.

According to the report, patching, regular scanning and having a skilled workforce are major obstacles to security. The biggest breaches are happening through unseen or unpatched systems which happen when software isn’t regularly updated.finger 2081169 1280

One of the biggest issues it seems is that the vast majority of respondents are claiming that they are patching their systems, but these patching efforts are not effective.

To further this issue, more than two-thirds of businesses believe their staff isn’t well enough educated on how to protect their systems or what to do if they get a vulnerability alert. Plus, most organisations don’t have the time or resources to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

How often do companies scan for issues?

Most companies scan their systems for issues once a month or less. And half of the companies claimed to only scan quarterly or ad hoc.

Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of Poneman Institute adds: “From this research, it is clear that most enterprises recognise not only are they under-resourced in finding and managing their vulnerabilities, but they also have gaps around assessing the risk and getting full visibility across their IT assets. This no doubt led to that low confidence vote in their ability to avoid a data breach.”

How to improve business security posture:

The report also showed some positivity in the way of helping businesses improve their security. High performing organisations claim that having the ability to automatically discover unmanaged assets helps them a lot.

Analysing vulnerabilities early in the Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD and third-party systems is also important, as well as being able to spot unpatched systems before they become a problem.

If you would like any assistance in increasing the security of your systems, contact our specialists on 01522 883636.