5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Endpoint Security Solution

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An endpoint security solution is one of the most critical aspects of any cybersecurity policy. It’s necessary to deploying firewalls, detecting malware, ransomware, or cryptojacking threats, and removing them from corporate servers. It’s the most easily understood, and thus one of the most popular, components of cybersecurity.

But this often means that an endpoint security solution is one of the first selections an enterprise makes for its cybersecurity policy. Thus it is the digital security component that is the most likely to stagnate or become outdated without anyone noticing. Old habits die hard, and people like what is familiar to them even if it doesn’t work. Your enterprise must be willing to make changes to get serious about your digital security. If you are rewriting your cybersecurity policies to enforce modern best practices, it may be time to reevaluate if your endpoint security as well.

Here are the 5 signs that it is time to update or replace your endpoint security solution:   

Your Endpoint Security Solution is Giving You False Positives

False positives are the bane of IT departments and cybersecurity at enterprises large and small alike. Tracking down what looks to be a serious digital threat only to discover it was an unusual but innocent event—or an average event wrongly identified—is more than just an annoyance. It’s a serious drain on your cybersecurity team’s valuable and limited time and their budgets; some enterprises spend over a million dollars a year on false positives’ wild goose chases. Even worse, false positives drown out legitimate security threats, allowing them the opportunity to slip by and wreck silent havoc on your corporate servers.

An endpoint security solution that bombards your team with false positives needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Not only will it spare your wallet, it will also help your cybersecurity keep their sanity in addressing the attacks on your enterprise.

Your Endpoint Security Cannot Keep Up In Detection Capabilities

Traditional, older endpoint security solutions often rely on signature-based detection methods. This worked in the early days of cybersecurity, but newer threats such as signatureless threats and fileless malware are more than capable of eluding signature-based detection. With these new kinds of malware becoming increasingly popular, traditional detection tools are becoming equally obsolete.

A new endpoint security solution will feature new signatureless based detection methods and tools to help detect fileless malware threats.

The Security Platform is Hindering Your Performance

The older the endpoint security solution, the more CPU processing power it requires to perform its duties. This can cause your endpoints to run at unacceptably sluggish speeds, and a sluggish computer is a sluggish employee; productivity can suffer. Further, even draining so much memory doesn’t guarantee that the scanning will be quick either. Replacing that solution with new one should free up plenty of CPU power while scanning your enterprise’s networks more efficiently.

The User Interface is Causing Problems

An older endpoint security solution tends to cause usability issues that range from obnoxious to downright dangerous. Some solutions will bombard users with pop-up warnings or reminders, as they don’t have the automation capabilities that would act autonomously to find and remove threats. Others will require intricate manual intervention to function, which is not only a serious time-sink but can create more dangers than they solve: if the user interface is too confusing, as they tend to be in older solutions, the user might enact incorrect or ineffective settings, leaving the enterprise inadvertently vulnerable.

A new endpoint security solution should have a simplified, clean user interface that is easy and effective.

Your Endpoint Security Solution Does Not Integrate or Deploy Well

An ideal endpoint security solution needs to accommodate the needs of the enterprise, and in part that means working with other solutions to create a comprehensive security network. Even the most advanced endpoint security solutions don’t have SIEM capabilities or identity management components, and so your solution will need to integrate with others. If your solution doesn’t that’s a sign it is time to immediately switch; you cannot rely upon an old endpoint security solution alone to defend your enterprise.

Furthermore, your solution must be able to deploy across the entire enterprise—a taller order than it once was with the rise of bring-you-own-devices culture becoming widespread. Again, if it cannot, then you need to replace it. It really is as simple as that.

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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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