The Role of Endpoint Security
The more devices that are connected to a company network results in more possible entry points for an attacker to gain access to data. With the average employee using at least 3 devices for work, all it takes is one crack for a criminal to launch an attack.
What exactly is endpoint protection? In a basic sense, it is any protective measure that prevents endpoint devices from being compromised. Most people are quick to think of antivirus when they think of endpoint security, but there’s a lot more to it.
What are the biggest threats to endpoints?
- Phishing: Attacks designed to trick users into clicking malicious links and email attachments
- Spear phishing: Targeted phishing attacks that appear to be from sources you know and trust
- Unpatched vulnerabilities: Flaws, bugs, or weaknesses discovered in software that can lead to security concerns and exploits
- Malvertising: Attack campaigns that deliver payloads of malware by disguising themselves as ads
- Drive-by-downloads: Attacks that install malware on an endpoint as soon as the user visits an infected website.
Benefits of endpoint protection:
- Stop attacks where they start: By cutting off an infection before it has a chance to spread you drastically reduce the costs and complexity associated with remediation.
- Strengthen your “weakest link”: Shoring up your endpoints will raise your organization’s barrier to entry and solidify your IT security posture across the board.
- Provide your users with a safety net: Everyone makes mistakes, and when that happens to one of your users, having their device protected can prevent the wrong click from becoming a catastrophe.
- Keep machines up and running: Having even just one machine out of commission can be costly to a business. Strong endpoint protection helps you avoid downtime and keep important systems and files accessible.