Securing the Endpoint – a Must for Today’s Organisations
We’re living in a brave new digital era – both in our private and professional lives. The nature of the technology ecosystem – its deep connection with our lives and its dazzling complexity – means that this is probably the arena in which innovation and disruption are most frequent, most dynamic, and moving at their fastest.
Cybersecurity has, over the years, emerged as a top priority for businesses. And with ever-larger and more severe hacks, leaks, data breaches and malware attacks happening every year, one fact has been thrown into sharp focus: data is big business. Cybercriminals are innovating just as quickly as the cybersecurity industry does, and they’ve honed their skills, are better funded and more determined than ever.
Add to this the stratospheric rise of mobile technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), and you’ve got a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping sensitive corporate information safe. Attacking your well-protected servers and data centres is entirely unnecessary when the periphery of your network – the devices that it supports, from mobile phones to tablets, laptops and more – is generally unprotected, both digitally and physically.
One misplaced click, one dodgy email attachment, a single case of smartphone loss or theft – any of these are enough to turn that network endpoint into a perfect vector for cybercrime. And the results can vary from minor performance niggles in the server room, to a full-scale ransomware attack, massive data loss, irreparable reputational damage, and much more.
That’s why in the age of IoT and the cloud, where workers can perform their duties from anywhere, at any time, on any network and on any device they choose, endpoint protection becomes all the more essential for keeping a business safe.
A device like a smartphone or a tablet is only as risky as the person using it – and one area where many tech-focused cybersecurity strategies fail is that of employee education. The goal of a cybersecurity awareness programme is not only to impart information about threats. An effective implementation requires an organisation-wide culture shift toward a security-first mentality. Once that happens, the groundwork is set for actual training on current threats and best-practice responses, which should include a good understanding of the importance of password construction and work backups, as well as malware, Trojans, viruses, social engineering, phishing and any other threats employees may face while performing their daily duties.
Fortunately, in the age of cloud and Software-as-a-Service, you don’t need to have an expert IT team on hand to enable tech controls that protect every endpoint connected to your network from unauthorised intrusion. Many endpoint protection solutions involve nothing more than a simple installation by administrators or end-users, followed by the configuration of policies that best fit your business and its unique needs.
SEACOM’s endpoint protection offering, powered by industry-leading Symantec, protects endpoints from all attack vectors with a multi-layered approach that combines signature less technologies like advanced machine learning and behaviour analysis. It also offers businesses enhanced visibility into suspicious files and shields your employees’ most commonly-used applications against vulnerability exploits and other malicious activity – all without the need for any specialised in-house skills or hardware.
So, while critically important, establishing an effective cybersecurity strategy need not be as resource-intensive and time-consuming as many business decision makers think. Enlisting the help of an expert partner will leave you and your employees free to focus on the organisation’s core functions, while ensuring unobtrusive and watertight protection at every endpoint.
Get in touch with SEACOM to learn more about how we can help secure your endpoints quickly, easily, and in line with international cybersecurity best-practice.