Endpoint security is one of the most challenging areas of cybersecurity to manage. When you have decentralized locations and remote workers, you cannot possibly stay on top of the entire network.
In fact, according to LogMeIn, 30% of IT departments don’t even know how many endpoints the company has. Hackers aim for this because once they access one single endpoint, they can use that as a breeding ground to travel laterally throughout the company and push their way further into the system.
Your business must implement the four following points to ensure maximum endpoint security and company awareness.
1. Establish Endpoint Security Policies
It all starts with each endpoint. When you have workers who don’t understand the importance of cybersecurity, you leave yourself open to attacks.
Creating protocols and policies for things like passwords, communication, emails, and installations will help keep the company’s valuable data safe.
It’s essential to have a process for accessing data as well. The company should have different levels of data classification so everyone cannot access everything. Beyond the user’s classification, the rest of that information is encrypted and password protected. Only provide users the amount of accessibility they need to perform their necessary job functions.
This step helps in a few different ways:
- It limits the amount of lateral movement a hacker can make during a breach
- It helps prevent attacks from within the company
- It reduces human error
2. Encrypt Data and Secure Connections
There are many programs available that will encrypt critical data, whether it is on your servers or in the cloud. If you’re trying to establish an endpoint security protocol, this is a step you need to take.
Encrypting your data is essential, but it’s also crucial to encrypt company communication as well. More and more companies are using software like S/Mime or PGP to encrypt email and chat-based communications to prevent hackers from stealing valuable information.
If the company has remote workers, they should always access their computers using a VPN.
3. Have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy
It’s important to limit employee cell phone use as much as possible, but no matter what, you can’t eliminate it. Having a BYOD policy limits the number of apps, websites, and data that is accessible through that device when it’s on the network.
Once again, the company has no idea what types of data protection that individual has on their own device. Hence, there is no way of knowing how well sensitive company information is protected.
4. Add Endpoint Protection Software
Malware continues to get more sophisticated, so traditional virus protection isn’t offering the level of protection you need anymore. There are new programs using machine learning and behavioral analysis to identify malware and viruses that have not yet gone mainstream enough for your antivirus software.
With 56% of IT professionals reporting that they can’t determine the level of compliance for endpoint devices, it’s important to have the best of the best software on your side. You need an endpoint security software that offers you control over your policies, threat intelligence sharing, and alert resolution.
Reach out to VoxNet today to learn how we can help you make sense of your Endpoint protection options.