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.
10 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
As the reality dawns that we are all going to be working from home a lot more in the future, how do we make sure we make the most of it? There are plenty of benefits, but possibly a few challenges too, especially if you are a manager. There will be difficulties that you may not have dealt with before – especially if you’ve been used to sitting in an office with your team.
Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your team and your day
Changes to Chess ICT Ltd Terms and Conditions
Changes to Chess ICT Limited’s Terms and Conditions from 1 June 2020
Changes have been made to the General Conditions which apply to all our products and services as well as to some Schedules which are terms and conditions specific to our products and services. The Schedules which have been changed are Schedule 3.1 Voice Services, Schedule 3.2 Internet Services, Schedule 3.4 Cloud Voice Services, Schedule 4.1 Fault Management for Connectivity and Schedule 3.2 Maintenance Support Services.
The latest cyber crime report is never far from the headlines, whether it's a data breach, phishing attempt, or an email extortion campaign. However, one area that is often overlooked is phone fraud, where a hacker uses your phone system to either provide free calls to expensive foreign destinations or to gain some form of value from calling premium-rate numbers. If this happens you may be left with a significant bill.
At Chess, we offer a fraud monitor service where we check customer call profiles and lock them down if we notice unusual activity and I've noticed a definite uptick in fraud since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Here are a few security points that may be worth thinking about
BackUps and Recovery
Most people will by now have navigated the first month of lockdown and be working successfully from home. Your business may have moved to the cloud before COVID-19, or moved more recently. Many will still be working remotely on servers and devices with the data stored locally.
Wherever you are working and however you store your data, here are 5 key reasons to be taking BackUps and Recovery seriously.