The Key to Stronger Enterprise Endpoint Security Today

The Key to Stronger Enterprise Endpoint Security Today

How can your business enjoy stronger enterprise endpoint security? The answer lies in continuously improving your cybersecurity solutions and their capabilities.

Often, modern cybersecurity proves confusing for the uninitiated. Indeed, only a few years ago endpoint security formed the core of enterprise InfoSec. However, recently cybersecurity transitioned from a prevention-based model to a detection-based one. This left many experts wondering how endpoint security could effectively assist their enterprises’ data security.  

After all, what role does endpoint security serve when it can’t protect against 100% of all cyber attacks? Well, the answer is deceptively simple: you need stronger enterprise endpoint security to prevent as many threats as possible.

Even if it can’t prevent all cyber attacks, it can certainly prevent a large percentage of them. Enterprises shouldn’t discount the importance of preventing as many threats as possible; close to ¾ of all data breaches begin on the endpoint. Additionally, with endpoint detection and response (EDR), your enterprise can detect and remediate threats which do penetrate your network.

Here’s how you can obtain stronger enterprise endpoint security today.  

For Stronger Enterprise Endpoint Security, Streamline

According to recent studies by Absolute, enterprises try to mitigate digital threats by layering their endpoint security solution. Theoretically, each new layer adds protections and threat intelligence to your overall InfoSec policies.

In practice, each new layer only adds more complexity to your endpoint protection platform. Unfortunately, complexity does not breed greatness. Indeed, the complexity created by adding more tools and features only serves to engender confusion and security gaps; any number of potential attack vectors could open as a result.

In addition, Absolute determined to add more layers to your cybersecurity negatively impacts its overall performance rather than positively.

Therefore, for stronger enterprise endpoint security, you need to consider how to streamline your solution deployments. If adding more layers to your EPP can’t provide you with security, then you should consider deploying an upgrade.

Certainly, your endpoint protection platform should match your unique business use-case, industry, and size. No two endpoint security solutions are precisely alike; each offers capabilities more suited to certain industries than others. If your current solution doesn’t match then you should deploy a solution that does.

For stronger enterprise endpoint security, consider whether you need to prioritize:

  • Next-Generation Antivirus.
  • Firewalls.
  • EDR.
  • Port Control.
  • Remote Endpoint Protections.

Importantly, your enterprise can’t just rely on legacy antivirus solutions. According to Minerva Labs anti-malware solutions can only detect and prevent no more than 70% of infections. They also found 67% of their survey respondents expressed concern their existing controls won’t protect them against a significant attack on their endpoints. Only a next-gen endpoint security solution can provide the right capabilities.

As we can see, sometimes stronger enterprise endpoint security can only come from improving your overall solution. But what about improving your current solution?

Patches and Upgrades

You should always upgrade and patch your solutions as soon as they become available. This should guide all of your internal cybersecurity policies, whether concerned with endpoint security or otherwise.

Every solution patch or upgrade contains valuable threat intelligence and remediation capabilities. Without investing the necessary time and resources into installing these patches, your enterprise leaves itself vulnerable to new security vulnerabilities.

Moreover, upgrades help keep your enterprise security relevant to evolving digital threats. Hackers do not let their weapons rust or stagnant. Instead, they sharpened and refine them to better inflict damage to your business.

Every patch and upgrade lead you to stronger enterprise endpoint security. Therefore, you need to invest in them. Designate certain times of the week or month to download and deploy patches and upgrades; if necessary, you can do this in waves or stages to prevent a loss from downtime.

Finally, you should upgrade the security firmware on your physical endpoints along with your solutions. Firmware updates contain similar security updates, and only by the two working in tandem can you feel secure in your digital perimeter.

Above all, the brief moments to upgrade your endpoint security trumps the lengthy, costly downtimes from hacks and attacks. So start patching now.

Consistency and Visibility

Every endpoint connecting to your network constitutes a node in your digital perimeter. Therefore, any endpoint with weakened endpoint security creates a potential security vulnerability hackers want to exploit.

Therefore, to achieve stronger enterprise endpoint security, you need to ensure all of your connecting endpoints maintain a consistent layer of security.

Obviously, this can present some issues for enterprises with a larger remote workforce or with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture. However, you can solve this at a low cost by asking all users to deploy your selected endpoint security solution.

This offers the added bonus of lending you with increased security visibility throughout your network. Any endpoint which your security fails to detect allows hackers to penetrate the network easily; they can plant threats to dwell for long periods or laterally move to more valuable databases.

Through your EPP, you should maintain a centralized hub for security management. If you can’t through your current solution, it’s time for improvement.

Stronger Enterprise Endpoint Security and New Threats

Here are a few of the digital threats your enterprise faces every day:

Depending on your architecture, you have may face these threats in different proportions. A cloud-based enterprise will naturally face more cloud security threats than a hybrid or on-premises environment. Yet you can face any of them at any time.

Therefore, you must ensure your endpoint security fortifies you against all current threats, as much as possible. After all, no cyber attack truly vanishes from the hacking scene; for example, ransomware has declined in popularity in recent months in favor of cryptojacking and fileless malware. However, many of the most devastating attacks over the past few months began with ransomware.

For stronger enterprise endpoint security, you need the most up-to-date threat intelligence on all possible threats. If you aren’t receiving multiple threat intelligence feeds from your solution, you need to improve your solution or your feeds.

If you would like to learn more about deploying stronger enterprise endpoint security, check out our free 2019 Buyer’s Guide. We compile and explore the top vendors of the field and their capabilities.

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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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