IT administrators have to endure a lot, especially when it comes to securing their employees’ computers. According to last year’s Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, the average number of cloud-based accounts that came under attack during the first quarter of 2017 increased around 300% from the same period in 2016 — exposing all virtual machines hosting these accounts to risk.
With such a steep rise in cyber attacks, identifying and resolving security vulnerabilities is critical and crucial for any enterprise IT department. Often, IT administrators find the mounting task of patching all endpoints before a vulnerability can occur daunting. Also, security vulnerabilities aren’t simply limited to operating systems; vulnerabilities can apply to third-party applications like Adobe Flash Player and Skype as well.
In such a context, it is evident that enterprises face five major endpoint security challenges in their unending fight against rising vulnerabilities.
Not Enough Hands
Organisations that don’t employ enough talent for IT administration and tech support end up with a disproportionate ratio of machines to skilled personnel. Shortstaffed IT departments may have trouble keeping up with security vulnerabilities. Configuring patch deployment requires a specific set of technical skills that are not limited to configuring registry keys and writing scripts. This is the reason why patching is often outsourced to external consultants.
Eighty-five percent companies consider Windows updates a priority, but fail to update them in time. These updates are often placed on the backburner as IT administrators don’t have enough time to implement them. This exposes the unpatched computers, making them vulnerable to malware. Analysing hotfixes to determine criticality, monitoring and prioritizing systems for prompt action, and patching on time are key to robust IT management.