4 Signs You Need to Update Your Endpoint Security

4 Signs You Need to Update Your Endpoint Security

What are 4 signs it’s time to update your business’ endpoint security? 

Endpoint security represents one of the most continuous branches of cybersecurity still in use. In a previous era, all your business needed was an endpoint security solution to protect the few endpoints that existed on-premises. 

As should become obvious, that no longer holds true. Indeed, it may not have been true for years, even though many organizations are only just confronting their own cybersecurity weaknesses. As businesses took to the cloud and decentralized their endpoint presence, their endpoint security needs balance. Yet so many fail to update their endpoint security, instead relying on legacy solutions “that have always worked before.” 

Of course, this is one of those statements that decision-makers repeat until something happens. 

You need to consider whether it’s time to update your endpoint security. Here are 4 signs. 

4 Signs You Need to Update Your Endpoint Security

1. It Still Relies Primarily on Antivirus

Everyone likes antivirus, there’s no question about that. The problem is that antivirus barely covers the surface of hacker’s arsenals. The days of just casually encountering a virus on a malicious website have come and gone (not to say that doesn’t happen, just that it often isn’t the real cause of a cyber-attack). 

You need real, next-generation endpoint security in order to secure your enterprise against a constantly evolving threat landscape. This must include endpoint detection and response (EDR) application control, port control, data loss prevention, and more. 

2. You Can’t See All of Your Endpoints

Visibility forms the foundation of all great cybersecurity. How can you possibly protect something if you can’t see it and don’t even know it exists? The short answer is you can’t. While this may not have posed a problem when the only endpoints were desktops, visibility is much harder to maintain now. 

Laptops logging in from different Wi-Fi connections, mobile devices, and switching between personal and corporate endpoints leaves visibility a mess; that doesn’t even cover the vast swatch of problems that can arise with Internet of Things (IoT devices) and their limited firmware. You need to update your endpoint security if you can’t maintain visibility over all of your endpoints and their activities. EDR and endpoint management can both help. 

3. It Doesn’t Have Cloud Contingencies

This should be a relative no-brainer, but it bears repeating: you need to adapt to the cloud. The cloud represents the future of all business processes and communications. The question is not if but when. 

Security needs to extend accordingly to the cloud, which legacy solutions can’t possibly do. If you are transitioning to the cloud, like so many other businesses during the pandemic, then you need an endpoint security solution that can keep up. 

4. It Doesn’t Have Email Protections

Another no-brainer. Your employees need to interact with other businesses, customers, employees, and more somehow; email tends to be the most efficient and speedy medium to do so. However, this also means that hackers interact and attack through email more often than not. Phishing attacks occur every day, and with increasing sophistication. If you can’t deflect the vast majority of these attacks, then the possibility of a cyber-attack becomes a ticking clock. 

You can learn more in our Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide

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Ben Canner

Editor, Cybersecurity at Solutions Review
Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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