How to take your security beyond the endpoint

With an increasingly mobile workforce, the average enterprise network security perimeter offers more opportunities for exploitation than ever before. This is why endpoint security has become such a critical piece of the cybersecurity puzzle for businesses.

However, while endpoint security may make it possible to keep all your entry points protected, it doesn’t mean hackers can’t still get a hold of your data. Nor does it eradicate data loss as the result of human error.

With the reality of cyber threats today – how evolved the attacks have become and how catastrophic of a risk they present – it’s imperative that your enterprise goes beyond endpoint security when it comes to putting a robust cybersecurity plan in place.

A growing threat with alarming frequency

Protecting business laptops, tablets, and other devices your employees use to access business information, share files, and communicate should only be one part of a broader approach to advanced security in the age of remote work.

The reality is, it’s impossible to completely safeguard your networks just by securing end-user devices because there are countless ways malicious actors can infiltrate your systems. From phishing emails – which Verizon found to be the open door for 94 percent of malware attacks – to social engineering and hardware breaches, the threats today are complex and ever-changing.

Not only is that, but the frequency of attacks is increasing. In the first half of 2019, attacks on IoT devices tripled and file-less attacks grew by 256 percent. This is making it even harder to protect your business from an attack without sophisticated cybersecurity solutions.

So, what can your business do to enhance your security beyond the endpoint?

4 ways to enhance cybersecurity

Take your security to the next level. Focus on protecting information and preventing data loss as a whole rather than only looking at ways to secure your network’s perimeter and safeguard entry points. The key is to have the mindset that attacks aren’t predictable. They aren’t stagnant. And you can’t shut the door and block them out – you need a comprehensive, over-arching cybersecurity solution.

Ensure both network and endpoint security can prevent known and unknown threats

The average cost of a cyberattack exceeds $1 million. Many businesses can’t afford the financial fallout of an attack, yet most traditional security products only focus on known threats.

Make sure your endpoint security solution isn’t just looking at known signatures and prior knowledge of a vulnerability to look for threats. This makes it easy for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities and then modify existing attacks to evade detection. To enhance your security, your network and endpoint security need to be capable of recognizing both known and unknown threats with the help of proactive monitoring, analysis, and security management.

Strengthen identify protection

One way to make it safer for employees to use their own devices is to take identify protection to the next level and to control access. Always use multi-factor authentication when your users are logging into cloud-based systems from their own devices. It’s also essential to monitor security alerts automatically and to act on them immediately.

Prioritize sensitive data

Know what your sensitive data is and where it is. Have a strategy in place to ensure all sensitive data is protected when stored in the cloud or your in-house servers, as well as when it’s in transit or in use. When you can track and monitor data until it’s deleted, you can better protect information and ensure compliance.

Increase Awareness

Every employee within your organization can be considered a human firewall. Consider that no matter the security measures you put in place, a member of your team can be fooled by constantly evolving social engineering techniques. The most rampant attacks today in this category are the email phishing campaigns. They trick people into taking some action that begins a bad process. How do you defend against this? You implement a consistent security awareness training program for everyone. But how do you know this training is effective? You need to take steps to consistently verify the training by performing simulated phishing campaigns that tell you if your team is absorbing the information and improving their ability to spot potential threats. Through these measures beyond your endpoints your risks will be greatly reduced.

Today’s cyber environment requires a strategic approach to security. The more seriously your enterprise takes cybersecurity, the less likely it is that you’ll face a successful attack. If implementing these steps seem daunting or expensive, you may be surprised by the options available to greatly reduce business risks with a managed cybersecurity solution from IND. Contact us today to learn more.