Organizations Concerned as Digital Attack Surface Spiral Out of Control

Sharda Tickoo, Technical Director, India and SAARC, Trend Micro

Trend Micro today announced the findings of a new global study indicating that organizations are struggling to define and secure an expanding cyber-attack surface, hampering risk management efforts.

Covering 6297 IT and business decision makers across 29 countries including India, the Trend Micro study revealed that on average, organisations in India have only 67% visibility over their complete attack surface while 95% of organizations have been able to define their attack surface to an extent. Over a 39% of organizations feel completely exposed to cyber risk in case of a cloud outage.

Visibility challenges appear to be the main reason organizations are struggling to manage and understand cyber risk in these environments. 92% of respondents are concerned about the ever evolving and broadening attack surface.

Major investments done in IT modernization in recent years seems to have created a momentum that is becoming increasingly difficult to manage.64% of the survey respondents highlighted that their organization’s digital attack surface is complex but can be controlled.

The attack surface visibility is extremely challenging in the current times due to various reasons such as lacking the right tool, or organizations have too many tools that is keeping information in silos, constant technology innovation, lack of visibility, etc. 41% of respondents feel that their organization’s attack surface has the least visibility over network assets.

“IT modernization over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases it unwittingly expanded the digital attack surface, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets,” said Sharda Tickoo, Technical Director, India and SAARC, Trend Micro. “A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimize visibility gaps, enhance risk assessments and improve protection across these complex, distributed IT environments.”

In India, 93% of respondents feel that the C-Suite should play a more vital role in demonstrating good cybersecurity practices and 65% of organisations currently have a moderate risk exposure, while 55% of organisations plan to invest in education for their IT team in 2022.

Similarly, 39% of organisations were found to use a platform model currently to manage their digital attack surface and a good 57% of respondents say improved visibility is the greatest advantage of having a platform model.

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