Business Endpoint Protection – Why is it important?
Business Endpoint Protection aims to bring together all cyber security and privacy controls for business workstations into a single management dashboard.
Endpoint Protection solutions protect your corporate devices from malware, malicious applications, and investigate security incidents and alerts. They differ from commercial anti-virus software as they allow admins to manage all devices and perform investigation and remediation against threats. Through the use of a single management dashboard, it allows admins to easily respond to security incidents and alerts.
What’s considered an endpoint?
Endpoints can range from the more commonly thought of devices such as:
- Mobile devices
- Smart watches
- ATM machines
- Medical devices
If a device is connected to a network, it is considered an endpoint.
With the growing popularity of BYOD (bring your own device) and IoT (Internet of Things), the number of individual devices connected to an organization’s network can quickly reach into the tens (and hundreds) of thousands.
Because they are entry points for threats and malware, endpoints (especially mobile and remote devices) are a favourite target of hackers. Mobile endpoint devices have become much more than just Android devices and iPhones—think of the latest wearable watches, smart devices, voice-controlled digital assistants, and other IoT-enabled smart devices. We now have network-connected sensors in our cars, aeroplanes, hospitals, and even on the drills of oil rigs. As the different types of endpoints have evolved and expanded, the security solutions that protect them have also had to adapt.
The latest SANS endpoint security survey highlights the importance of implementing a comprehensive endpoint protection solution. Some of the key findings from this survey include:
- 28% of respondents reported that their endpoints had been breached.
- A variety of threat vectors were used, including web drive-by (52%), social engineering/phishing (58%), and/or credential theft/compromise (49%).
- Only 39% of attacks were detected by traditional antivirus.
- Another 39% of compromises were detected by SIEM alerts .
Why endpoint security is so important?
Cyberattacks against business devices are on the rise. For this reason, it’s absolutely crucial that your organization has an effective cyber security plan in place to detect and stop attacks, regardless of the size of your business. An important part of this should be implementing strong endpoint security on all of your company devices, with a management portal that allows you monitor and update your endpoints from anywhere, at anytime.
More reasons that business endpoint protection is a vital part of cybersecurity include:
- Data is your businesses most valuable asset. If your business was to lose its data, or access to it, then it could put your business at risk of insolvency.
- Vulnerabilities through the Increase of Endpoints. Not only will endpoints increase, but also the number of different types of endpoints. Both of these factors will make security more difficult and is imperative that you have a suitable solution that will address these vulnerabilities.
- Threat landscape is becoming more complicated. Hackers are always coming up with new ways to gain access, steal information or manipulate employees into giving out sensitive information. Add in the opportunity cost of reallocating resources from business goals to addressing threats, the reputational cost of a large-scale breach, and the actual financial cost of compliance violations, and it’s easy to see why endpoint protection platforms have become regarded as must-haves in terms of cybersecurity.
Endpoint security components
Typically, a suitable endpoint security software should at least include these key components:
- Machine-learning classification to detect zero-day threats in near real-time
- Advanced anti-malware and antivirus protection to protect, detect, and correct malware across multiple endpoint devices and operating systems
- Proactive web security to ensure safe browsing on the web
- Data classification and data loss prevention to prevent data loss and exfiltration
- Integrated firewall to block hostile network attacks
- Email gateway to block phishing and social engineering attempts targeting your employees
- Actionable threat forensics to allow administrators to quickly isolate infections
- Insider threat protection to safeguard against unintentional and malicious actions
- Centralized endpoint management platform to improve visibility and simplify operations
- Endpoint, email and disk encryption to prevent data exfiltration