The hybrid working world has truly shaken up the way that people work and businesses operate.
As millions more people spend more time working at home or other locations away from the office, the entire concept of what a business’s IT framework looks like has shifted – new technologies that allow easy file transfer from servers to devices and vice versa, internal and outward-bound communication tools and unified communication that allows seamless switching from device to device have made life ever easier, but at the same time exposed new security vulnerabilities that require urgent attention.
Specifically for the purposes of this article, one of the main areas of vulnerability is system endpoints – these are the physical devices that connect to the private networks and systems of your business such as laptops, tablets, desktop computers, Internet of Things devices such as printers, servers and smartphones; effectively the ‘outer walls’ of the network.
Factored into the above is the fact that many employees also have their own mobile devices connected to the business network either in or away from the physical office. Oftentimes these devices are also used for personal browsing, shopping online etc. which significantly increases the potential risks of exposure to cyber-attacks.
Why are endpoints particularly vulnerable?
These devices are, by nature, often used in a fluid and mobile context, for example when the user is travelling, out for the day or working from home. They are periodically connecting to a wide range of Wifi hotspots – hotels, airports, cafés, home Internet and so forth – all of which pose a potential threat. And it takes only one malware attack or an unsecured hotspot to compromise a device, which in turn could expose the entire business network.
What is endpoint security?
Simply put, endpoint security is a set of measures and protections put in place to protect these devices and, by extension, the business network and data. It’s important to note that endpoint security is multi-layer, covering hardware and software as a combined strategy to protect the entire business network.
Endpoint protection platforms (EPP) are deployed on endpoint devices to provide remote application control, antivirus software, encryption, data loss protection and intrusion detection and prevention.
EPP is effectively the first line of defense; working in combination with EPP is endpoint detection and response (EDR) – this is real-time and continuous monitoring and data analytics that work proactively to:
- Give improved total system visibility by providing continuous data collection and analytics into a centralized system where security analysts are easily able to view all system endpoints from a single console.
- Deploy rapid investigation through automated data collection, alerts and responses.
- Deploy rapid incident responses to limit impact and remediate security incidents based on predefined rules.
- Proactively protect against threats by using data and analytics to identify and nullify threats before they manifest.
How we can help implement a comprehensive endpoint security program
Endpoint security is multi-layered and needs to support both threat detection and response. It needs to work seamlessly with your business’s full IT security system to ensure that all bases are covered.
To help manage the full extent of your business’s complex IT security needs, one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods is via managed IT support that includes network security and support across your entire business, including your endpoint devices.
Managed IT support includes a full IT system assessment, security system design and implementation, as well as ongoing support to ensure that your IT network and all devices are protected from cyber-attacks.
Contact us today on 0330 055 28 33 or email email@example.com for more information on our managed IT support services.