(Gawkwire) – The workplace has become increasingly mobile, resulting in a year-over-year decline in IT’s confidence in securing new technologies, according to the State of IT Endpoint Risk, a new Ponemon Institute study commissioned by Lumension®, the global leader in endpoint management and security. New mobile devices combined with increased use of third-party applications and cloud computing have caused IT to invest more in securing the new technologies entering the workforce rather than malware prevention strategies.

To further identify and discuss the State of IT Endpoint Risk survey’s key findings and bring awareness to the importance of data security in conjunction with the 2012 Data Privacy Day, Lumension will be hosting a webinar Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Hosts Larry Ponemon, Ph.D., Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute and Paul Henry, Security and Forensics Analyst for Lumension, will explore the factors that have lead to the decreasing confidence of IT professionals in the security of their network and the disconnect between risk and security strategies. Specifically, the webinar will examine:

  •     How organizations are creating a perfect storm for hackers;
  •     The top three new threats impacting the workplace; and,
  •     Perceived risks and corresponding strategies to combat today’s evolving endpoint environment.

“This year’s State of IT Endpoint Risk survey uncovered an interesting trend in how IT is keeping their organization secure,” said Larry Ponemon. “Malware attacks have continued to increase for the third consecutive year, yet IT’s concern and investment in this areas has continued to decrease. Despite the escalating threat, organizations aren’t spending their budgets on basic malware prevention strategies, nor are they collaborating with security departments to formulate centralized plans for the enterprise network. Instead, their primary concern this year seems to result from the new technologies entering the workplace, such as mobile devices, cloud computing and virtualization.”

This year’s study also found that many organizations are investing in technology solutions that aren’t able to effectively reduce endpoint risk. As a result, organizations are wasting valuable time, money and resources while continuing to expose their IT environment to unnecessary risks.

“Business drivers have given IT no choice but to support organizations’ increased reliance on mobile technologies,” said Pat Clawson, CEO and chairman of Lumension. “Because of this, investment has shifted from malware prevention to securing the endpoint. Unfortunately, many IT professionals remain unsure where to start. Without more education for end users and collaboration between IT operations and IT security leaders, organizations are leaving the door wide open for hackers and malware.”

To register for the webinar, please visit A Perfect Storm: 2012 State of the Endpoint.

Supporting resources:

    Download the State of Endpoint Risk 2012 (lumension.com)

    Optimal Endpoint Security (lumension.com)

    Data Privacy Day (staysafeonline.org)

About Lumension Security, Inc.

Lumension Security, Inc., a global leader in endpoint management and security, develops, integrates and markets security software solutions that help businesses protect their vital information and manage critical risk across network and endpoint assets. Lumension enables more than 5,100 customers worldwide to achieve optimal security and IT success by delivering a proven and award-winning solution portfolio that includes Vulnerability Management, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection, Antivirus and Reporting and Compliance offerings. Lumension is known for providing world-class customer support and services 24×7, 365 days a year. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lumension has operations worldwide, including Virginia, Texas, Utah, Florida, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. Lumension: IT Secured. Success Optimized.™ More information can be found at lumension.com.

Lumension, the Lumension logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumension Security, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lumension.com/

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