Recognising the threats and steps needed to prevent data loss through effective Endpoint Security solutions

Endpoint Security

Endpoint Security is a business necessity, as the threat of data loss and theft continues to increase. And the risks are only going to intensify, as the many different ways in which businesses can store, access and transmit data grows.

Update Oct 2016: A massive DDOS attack via internet connected security cameras and DVRs brought parts of the internet to a standstill.  Endpoint security is clearly something to keep on the radar.

Securing endpoints - desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets and storage such as USB drives - has never been more critical. Failure to protect data could be extremely costly.

There have been many high profile examples including a £2m fine levied on Zurich Insurance and £250K penalty for Sony Online Entertainment for losing their customers’ data. Taxpayers ended up paying nearly half a million pounds to fund the investigation into HMRC’s missing child benefit records.

The ongoing brand damage to these organisations is incalculable.

Endpoint security solutions include:

Enterprise-grade data encryption – which automatically and transparently encrypts data stored on any endpoint device.

Strong Multifactor authentication – that requires more than one method to verify the identities of authorised users.

Remote & secure management software – it’s quick and simple to see what’s happening on the network. With remote, out-of-band management, it’s easy and secure to carry out remediation activities through a dedicated channel for administering network devices.

Centralised management & reporting – define, deploy, manage and update security policies that encrypt, filter, monitor and block unauthorised access to sensitive data.

There are many other steps to safeguard endpoint devices and reduce the risk of losing data. These include:

Device enrolment – where devices must be enrolled and registered before use, along with strict rules about who can and cannot use them.

Implementing a mobile device usage policy – to give staff clearer guidelines about how they should be using their mobile devices. From what applications are safe to install to usage advice to minimise the risks of a malware attack.

Encryption – there are options available to safeguard employees’ mobile use including in-built hardware encryption and mobile device management solutions.

Restricting data access rights – so only nominated staff can view certain types of data. With regular reviews of individual accounts to ensure the ongoing security of user permissions.

Reducing your vulnerability of a virus attack – through logging, identifying and restricting access to suspicious websites.

As businesses continue to find new ways to collaborate and profit from real-time communications with partners and customers, the range of devices will only grow further. If you are to take advantage of these new opportunities, you must properly secure your endpoint devices. Otherwise you’ll risk putting the brakes on your business.

Endpoint security is a key area of expertise for PSU. We can advise you on best practice steps or help you with implementing a solution. Safeguarding your devices, network and data, helps your business to succeed.

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