It’s estimated that by 2023, cybercriminals will steal 33 billion records annually. A recent Juniper Research study states that organizations of all sizes should make cybersecurity a large part of their IT strategy in order to avoid these risks.
Organizations should not wait until data and network security breaches have already occurred to start taking steps to improve their endpoint security.
What is Endpoint Security Management?
The more devices that are connected to a corporate network, the more entry points for cybercriminals to infiltrate it. Endpoint security management monitors and detects cyberattacks on your endpoints (computers, tablets, mobile devices.)
Once an attack happens, it can be very costly for a business to recover. This type of monitoring can protect your business from malware, ransomware, and other data breaches.
How Does Endpoint Security Work?
Endpoint security protects enterprise networks by encrypting data, blocking social engineering phishing attempts, and thwarting ransomware.
The common endpoint data protection functions below demonstrate how they add another layer to your organization’s network security:
- Password protection – Endpoint control starts with password policies. To prevent unauthorized access to the endpoint devices, a company needs to regularly schedule password updates and use strong passwords that haven’t been used before.
- Endpoint encryption – The devices connected to a network range in complexity and can potentially hold sensitive data such as financial information or other confidential business and client records. Endpoint encryption protects data transmitted from these devices via the web.
- Secure email gateway – Using a secure email gateway can prevent email-based threats from reaching an onsite or cloud-based email server, including Gmail. A secure email gateway also offers protection from social engineering attacks, such as phishing, pretexting, and baiting.
- URL filtering – Endpoint antivirus applications are installed on individual devices and detect malware such as spyware, trojan horses, worms, and ransomware.
Four Benefits of Endpoint Security for Businesses
With remote work and workplace flexibility being a major requirement today, Endpoint security offers tangible and recognized benefits, including next-generation antivirus protection, data loss prevention (DLP), application controls, and more.
Below are four benefits of endpoint security:
Increased Patch Management
Patching your business’s endpoint devices is one of the most important things a business can do to prevent an attack. Patches include critical security information that helps mitigates or prevents cyberattacks. In fact, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute, hackers often exploit unpatched endpoints as stepping stones to their prime targets.
One of the key benefits endpoint protection programs provide is that they can automatically find unpatched devices. Which makes patching easier without disrupting employee workflows.
One of the most significant problems in cybersecurity is a lack of understanding and poor visibility into the environment.
By managing endpoints, a company can keep an eye on its networks and remote connections. In addition, it can be used to find any potential gaps in attack surfaces that might expose your computer or other devices.
Although it may seem like more security agents would be better, studies show that piling on too many top layers of protection can increase the risk of a breach. This is because integration patches caused by disparate solutions create vulnerabilities in your system. It’s best to use as few, yet comprehensive solutions as possible, to get a solid defense throughout all systems
Data loss prevention prevents data from leaving approved endpoints or database locations, as well as, prevents sensitive data from being uploaded to public cloud databases.
An organization’s data is the lifeline of their organization and is critical for day-to-day operations. The inability to access this data and systems would have a massive impact on all areas of the organization.
To remain competitive in this data-driven digital global economy, companies need comprehensive endpoint security that protects their important business assets from cyberattacks. Contact ATSG to learn more about our Endpoint Management Assessment Services and strategic development, please download this guide.
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