Businesses have many ways of communicating with clients and employees. The devices used to communicate, transmit, and store information are just as varied – PC's equipped with a Windows or Mac OS, mobile phones, portable or connected storage devices, printers, servers, etc. Collectively, these devices are known as endpoints.
With the variety of devices being used in today's business operations, the amount of information being transmitted across wired and wireless systems - and the creative ways that hackers are using to access sensitive and confidential information - businesses may wonder the level of endpoint protection they should provide. Here are some key factors to assess when evaluating the level of endpoint protection needed for your company:
- Security measures in place: Are your password changed frequently, and do they meet basic strong password standards? Are certain IT locations restricted by need or can anyone access the information within? Are your servers secure based on the latest data protection capabilities available, or are they left vulnerable by out of date technology?
Basic IT security policies should be clearly outlined and followed by employees at all times to prevent loss or damage to data due to negligence, in addition to security measures preventing more targeted attacks. In addition to this practical measure, the most current security software should be in place protecting your network. Without it, your network is vulnerable to the latest trend of attack.
- Does your organization support BYOD? In order to increase efficiency and decrease cost, a growing number of organizations are allowing employees to use their personal devices to access secure work sites. This can be a great way for businesses to utilize the newest and most effective technology, but it can also allow sensitive data to be more easily accessible on personal devices that are not adequately protected.
Mobile devices should be included in any endpoint protection strategy or software that a company uses. If not, there will be a gaping whole in the security of your network.
- Number of endpoints in the network: It is popular opinion that the fewer endpoints in a network, the easier it is to implement one or two security measures to protect them and the information they contain – a reasonable assumption, but is it correct?
All devices are susceptible to attack through one vulnerability or another, which is why it is vital to protect ALL endpoints. The best way to do this is through an endpoint protection service, which will ensure that your endpoints are being monitored consistently by knowledgeable professionals.
- What type of information is being transmitted to endpoints? Are confidential documents being sent through email? Is the data stored on business servers monitored?
When a business is unaware of data transactions, the network is more vulnerable to forceful intrusion or accidental data leaks.
- Has your business ever been the target of an attack? Protecting your endpoints should be of the utmost concern, especially if your business has already been the target of an attack.
Deliberately leaving endpoints vulnerable to intrusion or to be tampered with can have grave ramifications for your business. The list includes data theft, exploitation of customer information, and potential financial and legal damages.
Endpoint protection is a vital part of a company's IT security operations. It is not only crucial to take steps to keep these endpoints protected, but to consistently monitor them as well. Learn more about iCorps Managed Security and how endpoint protection services can help your organization defend against attack.