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Endpoint security and management 101: What you should know

Endpoint security and management 101: What you should know

Due to the emergence of high bandwidth, low latency 5G internet, there is a significant amount of increase in devices that are helping businesses across the globe transform. But this increase in devices is also one of the fundamental attack surfaces for cyber criminals who are looking for an open-door entry into their network. This new entry of devices into the organizational network has presented a business risk for organizations worldwide with a wide range of endpoints being vulnerable to threats. 

According to a Ponemon Institute report, over 68% of organizations have experienced more than one attack which has led to them facing a huge data loss and compromise of their IT infrastructure. Therefore, in today’s world, it has become imperative for organizations to step up their cybersecurity ball game in order to proactively be prepared against such cyber threats and criminals.

Before we delve into endpoint security it is important to know what endpoints are and how security has evolved over time to endpoint security and a full-blown team of experts at SOCs who take care of the cybersecurity environment of an organization. 

What are endpoints?

Endpoints are every workstation that is used by a user connected to the organizational network. They can also be the server and devices connected to the network where applications are installed. They are the assets that are at the last touch point of a network they are connected to. Endpoints may not only be limited to workstations, desktops, and laptops but they also include tablets, smartphones, servers, POS systems, and BYOD devices. 

How have organizations implemented security in the past?

In the past, organizations used to have a firewall in place that would act as a gatekeeper for organizations managing permissions and doing the job of protecting the perimeter network and safeguarding the network from external threats that emanated from the internet. But over time they faced a particular shortcoming of this system which is the inability to detect threats orchestrated by bad actors horizontally from one endpoint to another. And as more and more devices joined the network, it became a herculean task to pinpoint the source of the threat. This led to the emergence of endpoint protection or what we today call endpoint security, which protected every endpoint.

What is endpoint security and management?  

In order to protect the most vital assets or endpoints of the organization, a secure framework is deployed that consists of multiple tools, and experts that make sure that these endpoints are safeguarded at all costs. This can also be called endpoint security. Managing endpoint devices is as important as securing them, because, as the number of devices increases, the landscape of potential threats that could occur also increases. This is endpoint management. This is the main reason why more and more organizations are looking toward centrally managing endpoints. Another aspect that is often overlooked is the fact that endpoints’ security weakens over time due to their hardware limitations, increasing the need for more advanced cybersecurity. 

What are some of the advantages of having endpoint security in your organization?

With endpoint management being more important than endpoint security, it is still very critical for organizations to have endpoint security in place to protect their important assets from a breach and their business to face huge costs as a result of cyber attacks. The following are some of the advantages of having endpoint protection in your organization:

  1. Seamless central endpoint management: If you have endpoint security in place managed by experts, you already have an endpoint management system in place where centrally all the devices can be safeguarded through the virtual deployment of security measures.
  2. Proactively identify threats and take preventive measures: With a good endpoint security system in place, you gain 360 visibility of your organization’s perimeter. You can detect, identify and eliminate threats that can otherwise be overlooked. 
  3. Comprehensive control over data: Endpoint security gives you control over data and ensures that data access from all of your endpoints is secure and authenticated 
  4. Builds trust with partners and stakeholders: Good endpoint security gives you the confidence that you need to keep you out of reputation-damaging breaches and cyber attacks.

Are organizations standalone capable of managing threats from endpoints?

A simple answer to this is no, because not every organization may possess the expertise, resources, and tools required to combat threats and ensure round-the-clock protection of the network. Over 70 percent of lethal breaches occur from the endpoint and this is because of the bad actors taking advantage of a vulnerability within the endpoint framework. And with today’s work-from-home scenario where more endpoints are connected to internal networks, cybercriminals are making use of an easy entry point through these vulnerabilities. This is the main reason why organizations are in dire need of advanced security that safeguards all of their endpoints. This is where the Security Operations Center steps in.

A SOC is a strong team of cyber threat hunters and experts who utilize powerful monitoring, threat detection, and event management tools that allow you to gain an upper hand in cyber security. However, it is not feasible for organizations to have their own SOC due to the huge investment of time and money that is involved and most importantly, the expertise. Therefore it is very essential to whom you choose as your cybersecurity partner such that you get the best in class cybersecurity for your money’s worth. 

Gain greater visibility and hunt cyber threats and criminals before they get a hold of you!

At SharkStriker we have a comprehensive set of tools and expertise you need for stepping up your cybersecurity game. We are a cybersecurity company based in the US, we have SOCs across the globe catering to the most immediate cybersecurity needs of our clients. 

With a strong team of cybersecurity experts and tools such as MDR (Managed Detection and Response) and SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), we help you to gain a bird’s eye view of your enterprise’s security environment and take preventive measures to keep it safe at all times. 

SIEM is a machine learning and artificial intelligence-based, human-led, powerful cybersecurity tool that allows you to detect, hunt, and respond to cyber threats. It has powerful logging and event management capabilities that provide you the power to monitor 24×7 for 365 days to catch even the most minute of anomalies and threats. With the MDR tool, attacks are prevented right at the entry point and countermeasures are deployed through automation. MDR is more than meets the eye. It automatically takes action to get to the source of the threat and eliminates it. And, seamless integration of these tools into your current network framework is the icing on the cake you deserve when it comes to cybersecurity. 

Partner with us to upgrade your endpoint security to the next level.

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