How does endpoint security help manage and secure a decentralized network, even as more enterprises embrace that model in their IT environments? What does a decentralized network even mean in this era of cybersecurity?
More and more enterprises face the daunting prospect of trying to secure a decentralized network. As COVID-19 forced enterprises to migrate to the cloud and to remote work faster than expected, businesses needed to adapt to the new realities of the digital economy. Yet cybersecurity thinking tends to revert back to the most basic and legacy version of digital protection. As a result, hackers continue to step up their efforts and evolve their attacks, leading to more devastating cyber-attacks.
Endpoint protection platforms can help secure the decentralized network. To understand why let’s explore what the decentralized network means and how endpoint security capabilities fortify them.
Endpoint Protection and the Decentralized Network
Every business now must confront the reality of the necessity of the cloud in their workflows and business processes. The cloud offers new possibilities in communication, collaboration, and creativity, all of which can supplement the bottom line. However, it also comes with its own security challenges.
Most legacy solutions can’t protect your cloud assets or indeed register that the cloud exists at all. Next-generation endpoint security protects it by enforcing data loss prevention (keeping secure data from getting unsafely uploaded or downloaded) and application control (enforcing what applications can access from the cloud).
The era of the traditional endpoint persists, if only because laptops remain a critical component of interacting with the IT environment. Yet mobile devices continue to represent a vital component of the decentralized network, especially now in the era of mass remote work. Mobile devices allow for a more flexible workforce better adapted to solve problems quickly and effectively.
At the same time, legacy solutions struggle to recognize and protect mobile devices. Meanwhile, next-generation solutions use endpoint detection and response (EDR) which expands the monitoring and response capabilities to all devices connecting to the network.
There remains no greater threat to the decentralized network than unprotected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Unfortunately, “unprotected” here could also mean “default.” With the lack of security firmware and the prevalence of not altering administration passwords before shipping, the IoT can quickly make your digital perimeter even more porous. Worse, legacy solutions can’t see the IoT, making them an ideal stepping stone for hackers.
Endpoint Security in the modern age not only extends EDR to IoT devices but also extends its first layer of protection (such as firewalls and antivirus) to those devices as well.
Endpoints are the gateways to your IT environment, which is why they need protection in the first place. Yet without an internet connection, these devices only function as expensive paperweights. Simultaneously, hackers can easily infiltrate unsecured internet connections, intercepting emails or using them to enter decentralized networks undetected. Given that so many people access your IT environment via unsecured personal Wi-Fi connections, you may have dozens if not hundreds of vulnerabilities without realizing it.
Next-generation endpoint security often offers Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). These extend the same protections of a private Wi-Fi connection to public and personal ones, ensuring hackers can’t easily infiltrate or intercept communications.
Find out more in our Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide.
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