How do employee security training and endpoint security interact to form a stronger digital perimeter?
Endpoint security represents a crucial part of the enterprise digital perimeter, that barrier that keeps external threat actors out. While authentication portals and identity management might constitute the new digital perimeter for a significant proportion of attacks, endpoint security still deflects numerous attacks every day.
With next-generation antivirus and firewalls, ransomware and other forms of malware bounce off before they can penetrate the network. With application control, you can monitor your applications for signs of subversion. Moreover, with data loss prevention, you can prevent sensitive data from leaving the digital perimeter, hardening it from both directions.
However, as essential as this technology is for your everyday cybersecurity, it can’t operate in a vacuum. Your business needs to be an active participant in your own InfoSec; in other words, there is no such thing as a “set-it-and-forget-it” solution.
So how can you participate most actively in your endpoint security? Through employee security training.
Employee Security Training and Endpoint Security
Your employees operate as the largest attack vector in your IT environment. It’s the reasoning behind phishing attacks, email attacks, and more. So, if you follow that logic, employees can be your greatest weakness or your greatest strength in cybersecurity. The difference comes down to the education you give them.
Therefore, you need to provide adequate employee security testing. For the record, this does not constitute having a meeting once every six months or even once a quarter. Instead, this must become a regular occurrence, ideally a monthly or bi-weekly meeting or (for remote workers) some kind of training program. Education is nothing without reinforcement on a continual basis, and especially not without adjustment as new threat intelligence arises.
Additionally, this program must contain vital cybersecurity information such as how to spot a phishing attack, what procedures are in place for a suspected attack, how to report a suspicious email, and more. With information like this in hand, your employees can start reducing the number of attacks on your business faster than you realize.
The benefits here outweigh the costs. So start training now before it becomes too late.
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