Heightened threats amid COVID-19 bolsters case for security consolidation

As the threat landscape evolves amid COVID-19 and cyber-attacks become increasingly more sophisticated, almost all (99%) of companies using solutions from multiple vendors cited that it caused challenges to their organisation, according to a new survey from Check Point Software Technologies.

The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research, with 411 respondents from organisations of more than 500 employees globally, confirmed that with more assets to secure, confidence in security goes down as 92% of respondents said that securing their IT assets against threats is challenging.

Only 34% and 38% of security leaders believe their mobile and IoT devices are properly secured, revealing a considerable gap in organisations’ security posture. 

Nearly half of organisations deploy six to 40 security solutions, adding to complexity.  Multiple management consoles obscures visibility as 98% of firms manage their security products with multiple consoles, creating visibility silos. The inability to get a holistic view of an organisation’s threat posture creates visibility challenges, which complicates incident response.

Working with multiple security vendors causes challenges for organisations, and 79% of security professionals say working this presents significant challenges. Maintenance, version upgrades, contract renewals and other activities related to the care and feeding of a security solution all take valuable time and resources. 

“Some organisations operate under the false assumption that more products translate to more security. However, in this situation, global security leaders should adopt the less is more mentality,” said Itai Greenberg, VP of Product Management at Check Point. 

“Adding multiple products from different vendors simply adds more complexity, and can potentially undermine the organisation’s security. Enterprises need a consolidated cybersecurity solution that strengthens their defences while improving their agility against all forms of attack,” said Greenberg. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a phenomenon in entire working cultures. In the survey, 69% of respondents agree that prioritising vendor consolidation would lead to better security. The highest level of visibility, reached through consolidation, will guarantee you the security effectiveness needed to prevent sophisticated cyber attack. Unified management and risk visibility fill out your security architecture.