Recently, experts placed the number of malware samples discovered this year at 147 million, according to CRN. These cyber attacks are not only threatening computer operating systems, but mobile devices as well as hackers now seek to infect smartphones and tablets.
The survey, which included 50 IT managers at organizations of 1,000 employees or more, showed that a main challenge faced by enterprises today is that of zero-day malware and targeted cyber attacks. Advanced malware attacks, which are sometimes pretested for optimum enterprise system infection, pose a great threat to endpoint security. Cybercriminals have the ability to customize zero-day malware to attack a specific vulnerability within an endpoint security strategy. The survey stated 88 percent of businesses within the U.S. are concerned about this type of threat.
Forrester stated that IT security experts have found significant value in certain aspects of endpoint management plans, including cross-platform management. A feature of this kind allows administrators to view an organization’s physical, virtual, mobile and traditional endpoints. During a time when malware has the ability to span a range of systems and endpoints, a strategy of this kind is incredibly valuable to data loss prevention.