According to a recent survey of 200 IT professionals conducted by research firm IDG Connect, 46% said their organizations experienced malware attacks that severely affected their operations – despite 88% them spending over $100,000 a year on data security, with 39% spending over $500,000 annually.
The survey, conducted on behalf of security software firm PC Pitstop, suggests that the security hardware and software defenses businesses are investing in often fail to prevent malicious software viruses or “malware” from executing on their systems.
According to Fleet Owner, this means that as trucking continue to become a more data-driven and “digitized,” the issue of “cyber defense” is only going to become more critical in coming years.
“Ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) like phishing and ‘zero-day’ attacks are all increasing in volume and intensity,” explained Bob Johnson, IDG’s principal analyst. “Companies need to evaluate their current data security infrastructure to determine how and where the risk of their business being disrupted by these attacks can best be minimized.”
IDG’s poll also found that few of the organizations participating in the survey rely on a single data security product as a foundation for their cyber defenses. Most supplement endpoint security solutions – typically those from Microsoft (57%), McAfee (51%) and Symantec (46%) – with additional network appliances (82%), email appliances (56%) and DDoS protection solutions (55%).
“The security problem is getting consistently worse, the consequences are getting consistently larger, and the frequency is growing,” added Rob Cheng, CEO at PC Pitstop. “It’s time to consider a new architecture – the existing model isn’t working.”