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.
Endpoint Password Management
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.
Home Working - Can You Collaborate?
#3 Connectivity and Support at Home
Working from home is now an everyday reality for many of our customers and network issues can be a challenge
As schools have now closed and other businesses have also sent people home, many home workers are struggling with ensuring they can run their real-time work apps such as Voice and Video conferencing without interference from other people, who are also working from home or using other online content
A Hackers Guide to Remote Working
Remote working for a hacker is brilliant, and not in the sense that they can work from home in a dark room wearing a hoodie. But because remote working means that a business is intentionally giving a path into the internal network that could potentially be accessed by anyone on the internet. This blog post covers some of the things that we have encountered across the team over the years.
#2 Your Cyber Security
If you are allowing devices to connect from people’s houses – it's possible that these networks have already been compromised by hackers or will be in the future. Implementing two-factor authentication, where another device like a mobile phone is used for extra security is the most important security measure that can be applied to systems.
#1 Your Telephony
As the Covid-19 situation looks set to escalate, there's a lot to think about to keep your business running. Last week we shared the Top 10 areas we've focused on to ensure our own business continuity.
From today, we'll be going into these in more detail, setting out what we've learnt and offering specific guidance and support. Let's start with telephony.
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