7 Ways You Can Secure Your Network Endpoints

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Cyber Alert

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  • Cybersecurity

An endpoint is any device connected to your enterprise network — laptops, PCs, and printers, for example. In addition to these devices, the average worker uses 3 or more mobile devices per day for work activities, then multiply that by the number of employees in your organization, and you’ll have an idea of how many devices may be connected to your network at any given point in time. Each of these devices is an endpoint, and each endpoint increases your company’s risk of a breach or other potentially devastating cyber event.

How Can I Secure these Endpoints?

In the past, enterprise networks were secured primarily through firewalls. But given the ubiquity of mobile and other internet-connected devices in today’s workplace, firewalls are no longer an adequate protection from external cyber threats. Adopting a multi-layer protection plan can help defend your enterprise network from cyber intrusions that may find their way in through an employee’s smartphone or a compromised printer in your company’s office.

7 Ways You Can Secure Your Network Endpoints

Below are some of the available solutions your company can implement to protect your company’s data, assets, and reputation from external cyber threats.

  1. Next-generation endpoint security products such as artificial intelligence and machine-based learning — These solutions can track and monitor your devices and data to detect anomalous activity.

  2. Endpoint protection platforms — Consolidate antivirus, anti-spyware, personal firewall, application control, and other host intrusion prevention capabilities.

  3. Software patch management — Enforce software upgrades and critical patch installations for devices including laptops and smartphones, even when employees are away from the office.

  4. Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) — MDM gives your firm the ability to control mobile device activation, enrollment, and provisioning. MAM allows you to control software delivery (e.g., pushing corporate applications), configuration (e.g., enforcing encryption, use of passwords/pins), maintenance (e.g., firmware upgrades), and policy enforcement (e.g., disabling the use of cameras or USB ports, licensing, and usage tracking).

  5. Containerized browsing solutions — Isolate applications in virtual environments and destroy the sessions once you’re done.

  6. Domain naming systems (DNS) solutions — Provide web-based browsing protection including web-filtering, malicious URL detection, botnets, and targeted online attacks.

  7. BYOD policies / WISP — Work with your company’s legal counsel and Information Technology departments to draft and implement “bring your own device” (BYOD) and Written Information Security Program (WISP) policies that your employees must adhere to.

 

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