Since cellphones became smartphones, the world has changed. We used to work using desktop computers and laptops only, now we can also do different tasks with our smartphones and tablets. Work has never been as “handy” as it is now, but of course, it did come with a risk. The smart mobile devices or “endpoints” are actually branded as the weakest links to an enterprise’s network security. Depending on how their owner uses them, these devices vary when it comes to the strength of their security software. That they sometimes are used by several people and/or connected to several computers can make them equally vulnerable to viruses. Endpoints are easy to hack especially when the end-users are without an Endpoint Security service.
Why would hackers target the employees’ mobile devices? First, it is because they’re easier to infiltrate when they’re being used for personal activities and out of the corporate network security. Hackers wouldn’t just want to dig into the user’s social media life; they would infect his device for the ultimate agenda, which is the infiltration of the corporate’s main network.
Second, Endpoint Security is not always among the priorities of businesses. Hence, there’s not much wall to break for hackers when they’re launching an attack. They are given easy gateways to commit their crime. And this is why Endpoint Security becomes really importan: it encompasses “intrusion detection and behavior-blocking elements that identify and block threatening actions and behaviors, either by end users or intruders.” Endpoint security also involves a strict network, application, and user control that will serve as another line of defense against malicious threats.
All endpoints that have access to the company’s network must be secured so that threats could be blocked even before matters get worse. For example, once a malware-infected laptop or smartphone connects to the network – data breach is one threat to be expected. Years of hard work could go down the drain because of one unsecured endpoint device.
What then, makes a secure endpoint? The IT Department shares that being up to date is the key. Security patches, security suites, ransomware protection, and perimeter firewall all need to be updated to the latest versions to avoid vulnerabilities to malicious attacks. Hackers gain power from an end-user’s slow response to system updates. They will attack whenever they find a loophole. The first line of defense would, therefore, be a holistic security and system update.
A secure endpoint will not make the company completely invincible but it will be a huge help in mitigating risks of cyber threats. Just imagine the situation wherein every employee is mindful of his network activities and is also equipped with a software solution that would safeguard his mobile devices. A secure endpoint can have a tracking feature that could continuously detect and monitor all file activity to quickly detect stealthy malware. Once detected, end-users could rely on Endpoint Security to stop this specific attack from happening. It would be blocked off from the entry point and so the network will remain unperturbed. And this automatic remediation will keep the company from unwanted disturbances.
It is already given that corporate security can be costly but there is nothing worthier than this investment because the price of a cyber attack can be much more financially damaging. So other than keeping the endpoints from becoming the weak links to cyber threats, Endpoint Security would also be saving the company from the unnecessary financial, and even emotional expenditure.
Convenience doesn’t have to compromise security. Now that we can finally be anywhere in the world and still be able to do our tasks at work, we cannot just let hackers kill our fun. But we also have to do our part in securing our work, and Endpoint Security is definitely one of the necessary defenses we must adapt. By following Endpoint Security’s best practices, we can surely add a layer to our company’s network security.