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7/15/2019
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Where Businesses Waste Endpoint Security Budgets

Too many systems, failure to test tools, and fear of replacement drive endpoint complexity and render products less effective.
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Fear of Rip-and-Replace
Many businesses still use legacy antivirus systems but hesitate to do a full system overhaul because of its potential effects on the organization, Comodo's Evangelakos says. The process is oftentimes hard and complex, not only buying and testing a solution, but evaluating its overall impact.
'A lot of concerns come after testing: How much effort will we spend on ripping and replacing a solution in an enterprise environment?' he explains. After all, replacing an antivirus system 'isn't a small deal.' Many businesses are worried about the upfront cost of replacement and the challenges they'll run into during the installation process, Evangelakos adds. They're concerned about their bandwidth to replace everything they currently have, what the implementation will cost, and whether a new tool will more effectively reduce their risk. The result, he continues, is a lot of layering.
'Somebody doesn't want to tip a tool out because it drives risk, so spending goes up from the tool perspective because they don't want to replace what they already have,' he explains. This means renewing contracts with legacy antivirus vendors, buying endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools, and adding more personnel to their security operations centers. 'In some cases, if you do have five solutions and you're renewing these contracts, you may have different teams and different personnel who may not integrate,' Evangelakos says. 'The operational cost to that is high as well.'
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Fear of Rip-and-Replace

Many businesses still use legacy antivirus systems but hesitate to do a full system overhaul because of its potential effects on the organization, Comodo's Evangelakos says. The process is oftentimes hard and complex, not only buying and testing a solution, but evaluating its overall impact.

"A lot of concerns come after testing: How much effort will we spend on ripping and replacing a solution in an enterprise environment?" he explains. After all, replacing an antivirus system "isn't a small deal." Many businesses are worried about the upfront cost of replacement and the challenges they'll run into during the installation process, Evangelakos adds. They're concerned about their bandwidth to replace everything they currently have, what the implementation will cost, and whether a new tool will more effectively reduce their risk. The result, he continues, is a lot of layering.

"Somebody doesn't want to tip a tool out because it drives risk, so spending goes up from the tool perspective because they don't want to replace what they already have," he explains. This means renewing contracts with legacy antivirus vendors, buying endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools, and adding more personnel to their security operations centers. "In some cases, if you do have five solutions and you're renewing these contracts, you may have different teams and different personnel who may not integrate," Evangelakos says. "The operational cost to that is high as well."

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7/16/2019 | 8:04:06 AM
Buisness waste
This new term is really popular today because of circumstances
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7/16/2019 | 8:03:22 AM
Buisness waste
This new term is really popular today because of circumstances
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7/15/2019 | 12:04:40 PM
Great Content on Endpoint Security
Thank you for the post as it does hit the nail on the head with what I have seen in organizations as well. There are a lot of point solutions that different teams use which creates a disconnect when it comes to securing an environment.

I think the biggest disconnect and you briefly touched on it when you mentioned tools that "remediate" is between IT and security. a lot of the tools people invest in can detect the problem, but the "remediation" is just creating a report to hand off to another group to go fix. To me, this creates holes in keeping a compliant environment when you have to wait for someone to fix the issues and get back to you when it is finished.

Actual remediation rare and I believe tools that can help connect the IT and Security sides of the house are the tools that are most valuable and worth taking the time to look into.
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