The growth in the number of endpoint user devices – both fixed and wireless – in every business shows no sign of stopping. It’s a major challenge for IT managers to ensure that these devices, which are being used to access critical data and systems within the organisation every day, are secured and don’t represent a threat to the business.
The endpoint devices used by your employees to gain access to vital, confidential data, apps and business systems include laptops, desktop computers, mobile and phones and tablets. Each one represents a potential threat to your data integrity if compromised in any way by cyberthreats.
A Comprehensive Approach
To ensure comprehensive endpoint security, you need a full range of technologies ranging from exploit prevention, anti ransomware and anti malware measures, application and device control systems, encryption and password management.
Securing endpoint devices against a broad range of threats requires far-reaching anti exploit technology to block attackers. Combining multiple techniques such as malware detection, behaviour analysis, web filtering and anti-ransomware measures from Sophos is the best way to lock out the hackers intent on introducing and distributing malware and stealing credentials.
Beating the Hackers — Intelligently
Modern anti exploit technology to protect endpoints incorporates neural network-based artificial intelligence. It’s the only way to defeat the vast and ever-changing range of end point exploit threats, and it succeeds because machine learning can detect known and unknown malware without relying on signatures.
Ransomware is the number one cybersecurity threat to your business — and to every business — today. Why? Because it relies on being introduced into the network by an unsuspecting user who opens a malicious file attachment or clicks on a web link. The answer is to augment existing defences with software that is specifically designed to protect users against ransomware.
Incrementally Strong Protection Against Ransomware
New AI-based technologies from leaders such as Sophos are designed to block exploits and techniques used to distribute malware and steal logon details by compromising network endpoints. They learn intelligently and incrementally in order to provide ever-improving protection and ensure your business endpoints are hardened against the efforts of hackers.
Application and Device Control
As an IT Manager, your inability to keep track of every endpoint device or application in use within the network is a constant worry. The security risks of employees bringing their own devices into work, along with the unknown applications they download, is a source of great concern, not just because of the malware that might already be on the device, but because of what might be downloaded within the network.
Complete Network Visibility
You need a solution that lets you see the endpoint devices and applications in use at any time and anywhere in the network. Once you have complete visibility of what’s on the network you’ll be better able to control access and prevent malware. Using solutions from Sophos, ForeScout and Thycotic, you can discover and control all the managed and unmanaged devices on your network.
Password-based access to privileged accounts is commonly flawed by the use of weak password practice, with simple passwords being used across multiple accounts. The solution is to deploy password protection software which can prevent the capture of user credentials and logon details by hackers to want to gain access to confidential systems and data.
Ensuring Effective Password Policy
It’s equally important to make sure that once created, passwords are rotated, monitored and removed without disruption to work patterns. As well as central management of password policy, you’ll also need to audit and report on the measures you’re using to control passwords to satisfy compliance officers.