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How to Optimise Endpoint Security

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In the fight against cybercrime, tightening a business network’s endpoints has always been a priority for IT departments.

In the wake of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture and the casual attitude towards digital health this has perpetuated, network security perimeters have become compromised almost to the point of extinction. Today, endpoint security is of fundamental importance to all organisations, and all workers must bear responsibility for its safeguarding.

Beyond servers in data centres, workspaces now support smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, each of which is an entry point for cyber-threats that can endanger SMEs, global corporations and governments in equal measure.

A mobile, dynamic threat

The digital health of enterprise was in focus at the Dell EMC World 2016 show in October, where the leading tech firm’s CEO Michael Dell said that by 2031, there could be as many as 200 billion connected devices, systems and sensors worldwide.

The threat posed by mobile devices becomes a key theme, as employees often use unprotected networks to access company networks. This goes some way to explaining why a purely centralised security solution is the antiquated option in today’s on-the-move business environment.

A new strategy to endpoint protection

Endpoint security is often confused with the universally familiar anti-virus software. However, some endpoints within the endpoint security framework shoulder all or some of the responsibility for their own security. Network security, meanwhile, takes care of the entire network, rather than just the security of individual servers and devices.

To be fully effective, endpoint security measures should harmonise with a centralised strategy, thereby maximising the cyber-integrity throughout. The endpoints need to meet central standards before network access is granted, so that organisations can retain control and block potentially nefarious access attempts.

The plan of attack

Endpoint security can also create a checkpoint, allowing an organisation to see beyond its perimeter to monitor levels of risky activity. Data loss protection, insider threat protection, and disk, endpoint and email encryption are just some of the features and functions that leading products may contain.

Endpoint encryption codifies organisation data, individual folders, files and removable storage devices at the endpoint, while application control prevents unauthorised applications from being executed on endpoints. This negates the issue of employees downloading potentially harmful applications onto mobile devices which could create network vulnerabilities.

Leading products may also deal with white listing applications, offer network access control and data classification, alongside endpoint detection and response, and privileged user control. Brought together, this multi-strata approach is administered through security software on the central server working in tandem with software installed on individual devices.

The right product for you

Traditional, signature-based anti-virus and anti-malware products rely on previously defined patterns to isolate an attacking identity, but this reactive approach does not work well against zero-day threats and advanced persisted threats or targeted attacks.

What’s needed now is a cutting edge, intuitive solution that can adapt and even foresee changes in the landscape of digital threats. Dell’s Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise is one such solution.

Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise executes ground-breaking advanced threat prevention with market-leading efficacy to combat cyber threats. Leveraging unique AI (Artificial Intelligence) and dynamic mathematical models, files can be analysed before they are executed to determine safety levels so that malware is stopped in its tracks before it is activated.

Conclusion

High speed attacks in an increasingly mobile working environment demand a response that is made up of new products, but new protocols are equally important.

In a market saturated with security software, bosses are under pressure to implement the right technologies without over burdening IT staff.

The thinking CEO will be able to bring chosen solutions to life in a way that invigorates a new culture of worker awareness, so that endpoint security becomes as important as locking the front door at night.

 

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