SAN FRANCISCO – November 7, 2023 – Armis, the asset intelligence cybersecurity company, today announced the findings of its Global Attack Surface Management (ASM) Research which looked into organizational trends and challenges over the past 12 months.
Research commissioned with Vanson Bourne found that global organizations are facing an unprecedented level of cyber risk due to blind spots in their environment and that security teams are being overwhelmed with significant amounts of threat intelligence data lacking actionable insights. As a result, 61% of global organizations confirmed they had been breached at least once over the last 12 months, with 31% experiencing multiple breaches during the same period. The top four countries with organizations most likely to report being breached were the U.S., Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
“Armis continues to warn about the evolving threat landscape and the impact of malicious cyberattacks targeting global organizations, national governments, state and local entities and society overall,” said Curtis Simpson, CISO, Armis. “Our research found that there’s much room for improvement in how global organizations can protect and manage their entire attack surface. It’s not a question of if, but when, an attack will occur – especially against critical infrastructure that society so heavily relies upon.”
Armis’ 2023 Global Attack Surface Management Research was compiled leveraging insights from IT security and IT decision-makers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Key findings include:
The entire organizational attack surface is not being fully monitored, introducing significant exposures and unseen cybersecurity risks.
- On an average business day, 55,686 physical and virtual assets are connected to organizational networks. Global respondents shared that only 60% of these assets are monitored, leaving 40% unmonitored.
- Employees increasingly are using their own assets in business environments, with clear gaps in the enforcement of BYOD policies: 22% of respondents report having an official BYOD policy that is not enforced across all employees, 23% say they either have guidelines that employees are encouraged to follow or admit they don’t have any policies or guidelines around BYOD.
- Organizations, on average, can only account for around 60% of their assets when it comes to knowing things like asset location or the support status of these assets. Forgotten assets, like printers, can introduce critical security gaps – especially if security updates aren’t installed or patches applied.
An influx of data without automation and prioritization of threat intelligence is hindering security and IT pros’ ability to effectively remediate threats to protect the organization.
- Twenty-nine percent of respondents report that their cybersecurity team is overwhelmed by cyber threat information. Respondents from Germany (38%) were the most likely to report this.
- Just under half (45%) of those surveyed report using 10 or more different sources to collect data relating to threat intelligence and only between 52% and 57% of the processes relating to threat intelligence are automated on average, meaning that a lot of the work needed to make use of the intelligence is a manual effort.
- Only 58% of the information gathered from threat intelligence sources is actionable, on average. Only 2% of surveyed organizations report that all of the information they gather from threat intelligence sources is actionable.
Organizations are struggling to effectively manage physical and virtual assets connected to their network using too many tools to effectively action cybersecurity plans.
- Global respondents indicated that their organizations use 11 different tools to manage assets connected to their network, while 44% admit to still using manual spreadsheets.
- Employees are able to bypass security and download applications and software onto assets without the knowledge of IT or security teams. Three-quarters (75%) of global organizations report that this happens at least some of the time, with a quarter (25%) reporting that this is happening all the time. Without complete control, management and/or visibility over these assets, organizations are facing even more risk.
“Unfortunately, there is a correlation between the large percentage of the attack surface remaining unmonitored and the high rate of breaches experienced over the past year,” continued Simpson. “Unmanaged assets represent the growing attack surface yet organizational cyber tools and programs lack the visibility to understand and manage top cyber risks, exposures and threats. Threat actors are exploiting these material blind spots to execute today’s most impactful cyberattacks. It’s critical that IT departments modernize their approach by consolidating disjointed solutions and leveraging the latest innovative technologies to enable teams with real-time, automated insights and actionable plans to help safeguard mission-critical assets from cyber threats.”
“Our research found that there’s much room for improvement in how global organizations manage their threat landscape,” said Katie Haslett, Research Consultant, Vanson Bourne. “Respondents surveyed for this report agreed with that assessment, sharing that proactively increasing visibility into the attack surface and further defining policies and procedures surrounding virtual and physical assets is an area of growth for their organization.”
To read the full research report from Armis, including a comprehensive breakdown for each region, please visit the microsite: https://www.armis.com/attack-surface-management
To learn about how Armis Centrix™, the AI-powered cyber exposure management platform, is enabling organizations to address these critical cybersecurity challenges, please visit: https://www.armis.com/platform/armis-centrix/
Methodology and Demographics
Armis commissioned independent market research agency Vanson Bourne to conduct research into attack surface management within enterprise organizations. The study surveyed 900 IT security and IT decision-makers in May and June 2023 from organizations with 1,000 or more employees across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Respondents were from organizations across all public and private sectors. All interviews were conducted using a rigorous multi-level screening process to ensure that only suitable candidates were given the opportunity to participate.
Armis, the asset intelligence cybersecurity company, protects the entire attack surface and manages the organization’s cyber risk exposure in real time. In a rapidly evolving, perimeter-less world Armis ensures that organizations continuously see, protect and manage all critical assets. Armis secures Fortune 100, 200 and 500 companies as well as national governments, state and local entities to help keep critical infrastructure, economies and society stay safe and secure 24/7. Armis is a privately held company headquartered in California.