Organizations are concerned that digital attack surface is spiralling out of control: Trend Micro study


Trend Micro Incorporated announced the findings of a new global study indicating that organizations are struggling to define and secure an expanding cyber-attack surface, hampering risk management efforts.

Trend Micro surveyed 6297 IT and business decision makers across 29 countries including India to compile the study.

The study revealed that on average, organisations in India have only 67% visibility over their complete attack surface while 95% of organizations have been able to define their attack surface to an extent. Over a 39% of organizations feel completely exposed to cyber risk in case of a cloud outage.

Visibility challenges appear to be the main reason organizations are struggling to manage and understand cyber risk in these environments. 92% of respondents are concerned about the ever evolving and broadening attack surface.

Major investments done in IT modernization in recent years seems to have created a momentum that is becoming increasingly difficult to manage.64% of the survey respondents highlighted that their organization’s digital attack surface is complex but can be controlled.

The attack surface visibility is extremely challenging in the current times due to various reasons such as lacking the right tool, or organizations have too many tools that is keeping information in silos, constant technology innovation, lack of visibility, etc. 41% of respondents feel that their organization’s attack surface has the least visibility over network assets.

“IT modernization over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases it unwittingly expanded the digital attack surface, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets,” said Sharda Tickoo, Technical Director, India and SAARC, Trend Micro. “A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimize visibility gaps, enhance risk assessments and improve protection across these complex, distributed IT environments.”

Other India specific findings:

  • 93% of respondents feel that the C-Suite should play a more vital role in demonstrating good cybersecurity practices
  • 65% of organisations currently have a moderate risk exposure
  • 55% of organisations plan to invest in education for their IT team in 2022
  • 39% of organisations currently use a platform model to manage their digital attack surface
  • 57% of respondents say improved visibility is the greatest advantage of having a platform model

The end goal of gaining visibility and control of the digital attack surface is ultimately to better understand and manage cyber risk. The advantages of a platform-based strategy is to eliminate data silos and provide comprehensive enterprise wide visibility into digital assets.


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