At this point, potential intruders are probably closing the digital doors on your network, looking for ways to enter. Endpoint devices are a common weakness that allows these attacks to access your infrastructure. Advanced managed endpoint security helps contain these attack points and provides businesses with valuable protection. This is how it works and why you should invest in it.
Endpoints are devices that are used to access files stored on the corporate network and computing resources, such as customer relationship management and back-end applications such as ERP software. A business laptop is an end point, but so is a personal Android tablet that I use from time to time to log into my corporate network from home. Smartphones in your pocket, Alexa, refrigerators, monitors, and even portable devices like smart watches are a security risk.
Potential flicker in your armor
Each of these devices represents a potential weak point that an attacker could use to compromise your company's network. A simple piece of malware installed on a laptop could give a hacker access to a corporate account and then go from there to the rest of the network.
Endpoint attacks are a clear and current danger for most organizations. Of the 665 companies interviewed by the Ponemon Institute for their most recent State of Endpoint Security report in 2017, 68% said they were threatening endpoints. 38% said they did not have the resources to address these risks.
Advanced endpoint security tools help mitigate the problem by providing a layered defense to protect the many devices that connect to your network on average days.
It goes beyond simple antivirus software by protecting endpoints and networks as part of a single ecosystem.
As a result, these endpoint security tools generally do not reside solely on endpoints. They also include collaboration with back-end servers.
The back-end server component of the advanced endpoint security solution coordinates security between all endpoints that connect to the network. Authenticate these endpoints at connection time, making sure everyone follows a centrally defined policy. It helps coordinate the exchange of information and data in real time, investigates indicators of possible infractions and helps to identify the root cause of problems.
IT managers can define a set of policies that minimize risk for all endpoints. For example, block access to a list of known malicious websites that are centrally updated by the endpoint security provider. You can also block attachments with known malicious signatures and emails that match phishing patterns.
Other policies may vary depending on the groups to which the device applies. For example, its security policy could prohibit most device groups from accessing social networking sites like Facebook, and allow sellers to access enrolled devices.
Make sure the end point is safe
A comprehensive approach to advanced endpoint security to protect both networks and devices allows administrators to provide different protection for devices that connect to the network, the network itself. These include:
Application Whitelist - Allows endpoints to install only specially authorized applications, rather than relying on a list of known malicious software that may lose new programs.
Network access control: Configure endpoints to access specific network resources based on privileges. This prevents intruders from using hacked devices to infect the entire network. It is also a convenient way to manage unmanaged devices, such as tablets and personal laptops of employees or contractors. These can be given limited access or sandboxes to prevent access to valuable data.
Endpoint detection and response: Look for device compromise indicators and perform a root cause analysis.
Mobile Device Management - Protects mobile devices that are easily lost or stolen by remotely deleting them when data is encrypted and connected to the Internet after a loss is reported.