According to a study by Risk Based Security, data breaches continue to rise. In fact, breaches increased by 54 percent in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Hackers work to constantly innovate their attacks. Yet enterprises don’t match that level of innovation in their cybersecurity. How can endpoint security prevent enterprise data breaches?
Here, we present three ways endpoint security can prevent data breaches!
Three Ways Endpoint Security Prevents Data Breaches
1. Prevent Ransomware and Other Malicious Threats
Ransomware looks to double within the next few years. Previously, it looked as if cryptocurrency mining malware might supplant it as the prime malware threat. However, with cryptocurrency’s market volatility and vulnerabilities, ransomware experienced a resurgence.
Of course, the fact that the FBI now recognizes that businesses may have no choice but to pay the ransom (even if it doesn’t advise it) makes ransomware ever more profitable. Even if hackers don’t use ransomware, they could use other threats like spyware or fileless malware. Any of these malware attacks could devastate your business.
Thankfully endpoint security can prevent data breaches by providing threat intelligence on continuously evolving threats. This enables your endpoint security to recognize new iterations of malware threats and defend against them. Also, it can fortify your digital defenses, preventing threats from entering the network in the first place.
2. Secure Mobile Devices and BYOD Devices
Preventing data breaches doesn’t just require preventing malware. It also means closing off the potential penetration points in your IT infrastructure. Two of the most vulnerable penetration routes for external hackers involved bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Both can easily become lost from legacy endpoint monitoring, allowing hackers to use them as stepping stones into the network. Moreover, malicious actors could plant a malicious program on an unmonitored device, turning the device into a bot for future attacks.
Next-generation endpoint security supplements endpoint monitoring by discovering all devices connecting to the network. Then, it can enforce application and port control so that hackers cannot exploit devices connecting to the network via the cloud.
No discussion of how endpoint security can prevent data breaches would be complete without a discussion of EDR. EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) can help discover threats that penetrated the network and may dwell on devices. In fact, EDR can halt suspicious programs and alert your IT security team to the problem.
With alerts in hand, your IT team can investigate potential threats in a targeted and speedy manner. In other words, EDR can shorten investigation times and dwell times simultaneously. It also supplements the digital perimeter; no cybersecurity policy can guarantee a 100 percent success rate at preventing threats. Instead, you need to have a contingency plan for when a threat does inevitably penetrate your IT environment. EDR works to provide that contingency plan, especially when paired with SIEM and other cybersecurity solutions.
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