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Seven Ways to Improve Endpoint Protection

There’s no network security without securing your endpoints. Every endpoint device serves as a potential portal into your network, which is why so many businesses prioritize endpoint protection within their overall network strategy. Securing your endpoints requires constant oversight – it isn’t a set it and forget it activity. According to Cybersecurity Insiders, 34% of organizations lack sufficient visibility into endpoint activities. Don’t overlook securing your endpoints. We have seven ways you can increase and improve your endpoint protection today.

1. Monitor Your Endpoints Around the Clock

You enhance both visibility and availability when you have a 24/7 endpoint monitoring solution in place. Businesses can keep track of their endpoint devices with constant monitoring and can quickly get to details regarding availability, health and performance, and inventory. One key benefit is if there’s an issue, you can address it right away, preventing damaging attacks and maintaining valuable uptime. Also, if a new endpoint device gets added, you can get an alert and then ensure it has the protections it needs.

2. Use Next-Generation Antivirus Software

With next-generation antivirus software constantly on the alert, you can detect threats based on their behavior. This enables you to stop cyber threats that haven’t been profiled yet. Next-gen antivirus solutions also use machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect a variety of threats including malware, worms, bots, and trojans, which helps ensure the latest threats are always detected to keep your infrastructure safe.

3. Use DNS Protection

DNS protection combats internet-born threats and is used to help you enforce your internet usage policy. With DNS protection, you can configure your security policies to prevent endpoints from accessing malicious domains. This includes those that propagate malware and phishing sites designed to steal sensitive information. With DNS protection in place, you can prevent users from even accidentally introducing thousands of threats into your network.

4. Use Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Traditional security solutions like antivirus can no longer adequately protect your system on their own. A stronger more comprehensive approach to endpoint protection is needed. Protection today requires a much more proactive and sophisticated approach. A managed detection and response (MDR) system gives you the best of two worlds: cutting-edge technology and experienced security professionals. Armed with an MDR solution as part of your endpoint protection strategy, you get protection 24/7 and all year round. And because you have professionals on your side mitigating attacks, you can put more energy into growing your business.

5. Install All Patch Updates Regularly

Software manufacturers frequently release patches that address vulnerabilities in their apps. By regularly installing patches, you put the manufacturer’s hard work to use—getting the most recent, stable, and secure version of each application your business uses. It’s best to set up a patch installation system that ensures you apply them periodically and whenever new ones get released.

6. Establish a Cyber Hygiene Culture

Human error can be one of the most persistent threats to your company, so establishing a culture focused on cyber hygiene is critical. A few simple precautions can go a long way. For instance, you can encourage your workforce to protect their passwords, never open suspicious links, report all phishing attacks, and always close out their workstations when they have to step away. Training employees on cybersecurity best practices can help improve your endpoint protection and keep your organization secure.

7. Work with a Managed Services Provider (MSP)

Managing all your endpoint devices in-house can be extremely time consuming and pull down more resources than you can afford to give up. Plus, many organizations don’t have the expertise on staff to deploy a full endpoint protection strategy. That is where a managed services provider (MSP) can help. A managed services provider offers the expertise you need to build out an endpoint protection strategy according to your unique circumstances, while saving you time and money from doing it in-house. In addition, an MSP gives you access to the latest tools and technology to keep you a step ahead of attackers.

Looking for more information about endpoint protection? Check out this e-book to learn more. TPx can take your endpoint protection to the next level, keeping your devices, data, and infrastructure secure. Contact our sales department today to see how.

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