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Woburn, MA – June 4, 2024 – According to a new Kaspersky study, most geographically distributed businesses (62%) identified a disparity in the levels of cyber protection across all sites.  Forty-eight percent of these companies said this is a problem but didn't think it was critical, while 14% said their branches need better cybersecurity. However, Kaspersky’s experts are warning multi-site businesses that such a disparity can endanger the whole organization.

The Kaspersky report, “Managing geographically distributed businesses: challenges and solutions,” provides insight into the network and information security challenges faced by geo-distributed companies and highlights solutions organizations employ to overcome these difficulties.

According to the report, only 38% of respondents were confident that the protection from cyberthreats in their head office (HQ) was equally effective as in local offices. However, most of the companies (62%) stated that there was a disparity between these levels of cybersecurity: 48% of them believed that the problem existed but was not so critical, and that most of local offices were generally well-protected. 13% were not as confident and thought that only few of their branches were under control, and 1% of respondents even stated that none of their local sites were genuinely secured.  

How many company locations are genuinely well-protected from cyberthreats?

How many company locations are genuinely well-protected from cyberthreats?

In addition to budgetary constraints, one of the reasons for such a disparity lies in the lack of trust in local expertise. In 37% of cases, head offices took responsibility for all cybersecurity activities in the branches, stating that local staff didn't have sufficient knowledge and qualifications. Even in 60% of instances when cybersecurity tasks were shared equally between HQ and local teams, all the activities were supervised by the head office.

"Although the most sensitive data may be held centrally, access to the company’s assets is clearly required from several locations, and when they are not as well protected as head office, it creates security risks for the whole organization,” said Anton Solovey, senior product manager (XDR) at Kaspersky. “Perhaps, there is a misconception that a lower level of protection will suffice for sites that play a secondary role in the company’s structure. However, cybercriminals don’t care which place gets attacked – be it head office or its branches – they can penetrate the company’s infrastructure from any location. Therefore, it’s important to enable protection that is equally effective at all sites."

To protect geo-distributed companies from cyber threats, Kaspersky experts recommend employing centralized and automated solutions such as Kaspersky Next XDR Expert to ensure comprehensive cyber protection of all company assets and processes both at HQ and local offices. By aggregating and correlating data from multiple sources in one place and leveraging machine learning technologies, this solution provides effective threat detection and rapid automated response.

The full report with more findings on the challenges facing geo-distributed companies is available via this link.

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Disparity in cyber protection between head office and branches concerns 62% of geo-distributed companies


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