According to the 2014 Cyberthreat Defense Report by CyberEdge Group, network access control (NAC) was the highest rated of all security technologies to defend against current cyber threats. Seventy-seven percent of IT practitioners are using or plan to use NAC for securing mobile technology. CyberEdge Group’s report is based on a survey of 750 security decision makers and professionals in North American and European companies with 500 or more employees.
The report highlights that information security is more difficult because of three changes taking place in organizations:
- Increased complexity of IT infrastructure due to greater network connections and use of cloud, mobile and virtualization technology
- Problems effectively reducing exposure as cyber attacks increase
- Decreased capacity to manage endpoints resulting from an increase in network-enabled device usage at work
These three changes help explain why more than 60% of the respondents in the study indicated that they had been breached last year. One finding that was even more concerning is 20% of the organizations admitted to doing nothing to evaluate the security of their mobile devices in between quarterly or annual network vulnerability scans. Based on these findings, clearly NAC is needed sooner rather than later.
If you would like to read the full report, click on this link: 2014 Cyberthreat Defense Report