Sifting Through Endpoint Security Hype and Reality

A white paper from NSS Labs titled The Sifting Through Endpoint Security Hype and Reality


Whether we are talking about the traditional desktop, the laptop, or the mobile device, the endpoint is always the target of cybercriminal activity. No matter what the attacker objective is, chances are high that their initial sights will be set on owning the endpoint. They usually start with a phishing ploy, gain their malware foothold on the endpoint and then spread the malware across the network. It’s a classic attack technique that has worked for years. According to some estimates, 70% of all successful breaches originate on the endpoint.1 And, shockingly, as many as 91% of all cyberattack attempts start with a phish.2

Most large organizations recognize this and spend copious amounts of money trying to keep this flood of endpoint-initiated attacks at bay. Analyst estimates pegged the endpoint security market at about $10.18 billion in 2017 and that number is expected to rise by close to 10 percent annually over the next five years. By 2023, the endpoint protection market is expected to hit $17.92 billion.3

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