It’s no secret that cyberattacks are on the rise, but why should you focus on endpoint security? According to a recent study by the Poneman Institute, 68% of organizations experienced an endpoint attack that compromised their data.
Endpoints act as the front door for cyber criminals. Since endpoint devices like laptops, servers and mobile devices communicate back to the network, they are highly targeted for malicious activity. When an endpoint is compromised, it can be used to attack the whole IT infrastructure.
Businesses need to ensure their endpoints are properly protected from unwanted intruders. In this blog, we’ll discuss the necessary steps to take to secure your endpoints.
Two of the biggest vulnerabilities when it comes to endpoints are credential theft and user compromise. If your organization doesn’t have strong policies and procedures in place for authentication, you could be leaving your infrastructure open for attack. Cyber criminals can quickly gain access with stolen credentials and wreak havoc.
Another common vulnerability is principally human error, a risk often caused by file-sharing methods. Spying, phishing, or coercion compromises end users, which in return makes the whole system vulnerable. Having up-to-date software and security patches installed can help better protect your environment. It’s important to identify vulnerabilities within your system. A vulnerability assessment done by professionals may reveal risks to your security that you may be unaware of.
Improve Threat Visibility
Part of a good security strategy is to use tools to monitor and analyze endpoint devices for any possible threats. By identifying suspicious activity in real time, security professionals can respond promptly and address any vulnerabilities. By making threats more visible, you’ll be able to respond quicker and increase preparedness.
But detecting threats is only one piece of the puzzle. To better protect your business, you should look for tools that not only alert you to threats but also have remediation in place to help stop attacks. A managed detection and response approach can deliver prompt alerts, early detection, powerful visibility, and rapid mitigation of cyberattacks.
Educate Your Workforce
Since human error and weakness account for over 90% of cybersecurity breaches, educating your staff is crucial to maintaining endpoint security. Training employees on common tactics cyber criminals use can better prepare your workforce to identify threats. By enabling security awareness training for your staff, you can help ensure they will be better equipped to do their part in maintaining security.
Monitor Your IT Environment 24/7
Cyber criminals attack at the most inopportune time. They take advantage of act now phishing strategies and often during non-working hours. This means your staff could fall victim when your IT staff is unaware of the threat. Cyberattacks don’t stop when the clock strikes five, which is why threat detection needs to be 24/7. Round-the-clock monitoring and response to threats can help better protect your business environment.
Professional Solutions for Endpoint Security
Monitoring and responding to cyber threats is a full-time job that overwhelms many in-house IT departments. TPx offers solutions for endpoint security that will help mitigate risk and increase the security across your organization. For more information about how you can better protect your endpoints, watch our recent webinar, “Don’t Let Endpoints Be Your Weak Point.”