The High Cost of Dark Endpoints

By: Pam O'Neal | 8/8/2017

Do you know where all of your endpoints are and what they are running?

When endpoints go rogue or become invisible due to faulty security agents they become dark endpoints, and a breeding ground for security incidents. In far too many circumstances, breaches of dark endpoints have proven to cost organizations big time. A quick glance at headlines tells a frightening story:

  • A hard drive was stolen from Washington State University in June that contained the personal information of more than 1 million people and resulted in forensic investigations and breach notifications at a cost that is still climbing.
  • Concentra Health Services paid $2 million to resolve a HIPAA violation that stemmed from the 2014 theft of a laptop that contained patient information.
  • Earlier this year, WannaCry reportedly attacked more than 200,000 machines in 150 countries while NotPetya hit more than 12,000 machines in 65 countries. Both attacks caused wide-spread disruption among organizations of all sizes and varying industries.
  • A July Osterman Research report says about 22% of small to mid-size businesses experienced a ransomware attack in the last year and 15% lost revenue as a result – costing an average of $100,000 per incident.

The combination of on and off-network devices creates blind spots that leave sensitive data exposed and devices open to compromise. You can’t secure what you can’t see. To avoid these costly breaches, security pros need continuous visibility and control of their most vulnerable attack vector – endpoints – regardless of network dependency or healthy endpoint agents.

Absolute has long recognized the need for self-healing visibility and control that goes where your users, devices and data go. Our Persistence technology is already embedded in the firmware of over one billion popular endpoint devices to support an always-connected model. Today we are ready to roll out the next generation enterprise security solution that empowers IT and security pros to see, manage and secure every endpoint, everywhere.

Please visit for more information tomorrow on how we are lighting up dark endpoints.

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