BETHESDA, Md., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "More than half of the respondents to this second endpoint security survey are operating under the assumption that at least some of their systems are compromised," says SANS Analyst Jacob Williams. "Admitting that adversaries may already be in the network is a critical first step to properly evaluating your protection and detection strategies."
It is a step that is essential, given that 55% indicated that up to 30% of the incidents they experienced should have been detected by perimeter security measures, but they weren't. Because perimeter security technologies alone are not working, organizations need to shift their focus to endpoint management and monitoring.
This shift highlights the need visibility into systems and establishing baselines "Baselining your systems is a critical component of proactively hunting threats in your environment," according to Williams. "You can't possibly hope to find an adversary in the network unless you know what the network was supposed to look like in the first place."
Automating the collection and analysis of compromise data is key to limiting the time from exposure of a breach to remediating its affects. But respondents are making little progress in increasing automation. Most respondents (68%) indicated that they spend four hours or less on each endpoint during remediation efforts, but 13% spend more than eight hours per endpoint. The message is clear: It is easy to plan to increase automation, but much more difficult to turn those plans into reality.
Full results will be shared during a May 6, 2015 webcast at 1 PM EDT, sponsored by Guidance Software, and hosted by SANS. Register to attend the webcast at www.sans.org/u/3Ui. Those who register for the webcast will also receive access to the published results paper developed by SANS Analyst and endpoint security expert Jacob Williams.
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