As businesses become more digitally connected, they also become more vulnerable to cyber threats that can lead to stolen data, leaked intellectual property, regulatory problems, and reputational damage. Traditional antivirus and firewalls are no longer adequate to protect against modern attacks. Instead, companies need robust endpoint managementplatforms that provide complete visibility and control across every device that accesses corporate networks. In this blog, we’ll review how these endpoint security solutions guard against cyber threats and offer tips for finding the right provider.
Endpoint management tools allow IT teams to secure every device that accesses company resources from a unified dashboard. Through these services, businesses can enforce data protection policies, deploy security controls, automate updates, and rapidly respond to threats. As the number of endpoints and threats rises, endpoint management brings order to the chaos while maximizing limited IT resources.
With employees connecting from multiple devices, making sure each endpoint adheres to corporate security policies is impossible without automation. Endpoint management lets IT define and implement standardized policies for access privileges, data usage, required security software, passwords, encryption, and more. These rules can be consistently rolled out to thousands of endpoints in minutes.
Endpoint platforms use advanced techniques like behavioral analysis and machine learning to catch sophisticated malware and phishing threats that antivirus misses. Cloud-based threat intelligence shares data on emerging attacks across customer systems to block zero-day exploits that signature scanning cannot catch. Automated updates also patch vulnerabilities at scale.
Despite advanced security controls, data breaches still happen. Endpoint management minimizes damage through real-time alerting, isolation of infected systems, and built-in remediation to get businesses back online faster. Unified visibility and control are key to rapid response.
Malware remains one of the most prevalent cyber threats. Viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, and malicious scripts can gain a foothold on an endpoint through phishing emails, infected websites, tainted removable media, and beyond. Traditional signature-based antivirus only catches known threats. Modern endpoint management uses advanced techniques like file reputation analysis, behavior monitoring, machine learning, and sandboxing to detect threats. By correlating across networks of threat intelligence and customer systems, they can also block zero-day malware and ransomware variants in real time before signature updates are even available.
Ransomware is one of the biggest threats facing businesses. These attacks encrypt mission-critical data and essentially hold that data hostage until the victim pays a hefty ransom. Some estimates indicate that a business is hit with a ransomware attack every 11 seconds. The average ransom request is around $150,000. Endpoint tools combat this by restricting unauthorized applications, detecting suspicious behavior in memory or on disk, quarantining impacted systems, and using backups and version histories to roll back without paying criminals.
Cyberattacks can happen anytime. With A&E Technologies, you get access to comprehensive endpoint management solutions that keep your data safe. Contact us today to learn more.
Phishing uses social engineering techniques to trick unsuspecting users into handing over login credentials or installing malware. These attacks have become extremely sophisticated, often using detailed personal information to convince victims of their authenticity. Endpoint solutions combat phishing through automated link analysis, evaluating any embedded URLs or attachments in emails before allowing them to reach end users. Spoof intelligence also compares messaging and visual cues against known trusted sources to uncover impersonation attempts. Access to flagged phishing sites can also be blocked across the network.
Whether due to stolen credentials, misconfigured databases, insider threats, or sophisticated hackers, unauthorized data access still occurs. Endpoint management minimizes breach impact by restricting lateral movement across networks, allowing IT teams to isolate only the affected systems. Automated data wiping of lost or stolen devices also prevents sensitive information from leaving the company. Rights management functionality allows IT to restrict data access, sharing, copying, or printing across multiple applications to limit exfiltration.
Most successful malware attacks use unpatched software vulnerabilities that have known issues with available fixes. Yet, over 20% of breaches occur due to missing patches. Endpoint services provide automated scanning, reporting, and patching across managed Windows and third-party applications. Critical or zero-day exploits can be addressed network-wide in hours versus weeks. Automated policy enforcement also keeps endpoints protected to company standards.
Endpoint tools enable IT teams to define and implement standard security configurations for devices across the environment. USB access restrictions, inactive user timeouts, enforced encryption policies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controls, and much more can be easily set.
The devices employees use to work remotely have allowed unprecedented flexibility. However, with more devices connected to company networks, there is more vulnerability to cyberattacks if precautions are not taken. Attack methods continue to advance, putting sensitive company data at risk if devices lack adequate security protocols. Implementing a device security strategy across personally owned and company-issued equipment is essential to safeguard systems in today’s work environment.
A&E Technologies offers comprehensive endpoint security solutions to prevent unauthorized access by:
- Designing, configuring, and integrating an endpoint protection platform
- Creating and aligning policies to protect sensitive data
- Preventing downloads from untrustworthy websites
- Locking out users if they input password incorrectly too many times
- Using enhanced security analytics to monitor devices and react quickly to suspicious activity
Contact us today to learn more about our endpoint security solutions.