Every security program installed on an endpoint system increases the device’s complexity and risk exposure contributes to application degradation, and has an impact on the device’s overall health. As a result, regardless of how many security processes or systems have been implemented, companies should concentrate on validating security efficacy.
According to Statista, cybersecurity expenditure reached about US$ 40.8 billion in 2019, with estimates predicting that the market would surpass US$ 54 billion by 2021, taking into account the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, with multiple high-profile cyber-attacks being reported, it is critical for businesses to understand that the efficacy of security solutions is more important than their deployment.
Typically, an organization’s ability to defend against known and unknown threats is used to determine security processes effectiveness. Organizations generally rely on the implementation of security controls along with security tools to prevent a threat from leveraging a vulnerability that would result in a security incident.
Unfortunately, several businesses believe that once security measures are implemented, they will be effective forever. As a result, security controls are rarely tested to see if they’re working properly. This approach creates blind spots that cybercriminals can exploit in their attack chain, raising an organization’s cyber risk exposure unnecessarily.
Monitoring the Efficacy of Security Applications
Requests for proposals, proof of concepts, and time-consuming vendor selection procedures are all for naught if companies can’t verify that the security system, they installed is doing what it’s supposed to. This involves finding gaps in the configuration so that it can be fine-tuned, as well as continuous validation via automated testing to prevent the tool’s health from deteriorating.
Unfortunately, many security solutions lack the ability to track their own health or integrity, resulting in an organization’s investment becoming obsolete quickly. Although it is true that weak integrations, defective implementations, and poor maintenance may have an effect on the health of a security application, the following factors have a greater impact on the credibility and effectiveness of security applications:
- When re-imaging an end user’s device, the software is often not reinstalled.
- When third-party programs are installed or upgraded, critical files are often corrupted.
- Unintentionally damaging or removing applications by careless users.
- Hackers or malicious insiders who disable security programs in order to get around security controls.
Continuous Efficacy Assessment and Mitigation
Continuous collection and review of relevant data to measure the effectiveness of controls is needed to enhance security processes. An organization’s ability to respond to malicious acts, or software damage is impossible without understanding if a security application’s health has been jeopardized. As a result, new regulations have been implemented that require continuous security control diagnostics.
In this context, a new term known as application persistence is gaining traction. It refers to a software-based application’s ability to continue running in the face of delays, unintended decay, or malicious acts that are central to its activity.
Subsequently, application durability contributes to an organization’s digital resilience by providing the visibility required to determine security effectiveness and allowing sensitive third-party security applications to self-heal when they’re disabled, changed, or otherwise rendered vulnerable. The following advantages are available to organizations that leverage application persistence as part of their endpoint protection strategy:
- Protect the health and effectiveness of the application to ensure its integrity.
- Rely on automatic, zero-touch, built-in resilience to boost operational performance.
- Reduce the number of IT helpdesk tickets related to program failures.
- Boost efficiency by ensuring mission-critical applications are always available.
- Increase the ROI on current security and software investments.