With the explosion of remote and home workers at 49.2% in the UK (source), the number of endpoint devices accessing data on the corporate network is now greater than ever. Security implications increase exponentially with multiple devices requiring access to sensitive corporate data.

According to the IBM 2018 Data Breach Study, the average time a company notices a network security breach is 197 days, at an average total cost of $3.86 million. A data breach can also cause serious reputational and brand damage, particularly if sensitive customer information is stolen. It is also worth mentioning that the ICO can impose fines up to €20 million, or 4% of total worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher.

Mobile phones and tablets are a particular security threat, especially those devices that may have less security if used on a BYOD basis. It only takes one compromised endpoint device to allow cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information. Thankfully there are several endpoint security measures you can put in place.

What Is Endpoint Security?

Endpoint security is a complementing suite of security services designed to secure the growing number of end-user endpoint devices, especially mobile devices. Using a combination of advanced security measures such as antivirus, anti-ransomware, phishing detection, end-to-end encryption, coupled with central SEIM security alerting, ensures the security of your endpoint estate.

Endpoint devices such as laptops, desktops and mobile devices are becoming prime targets for virus, malware and ransomware attacks. Preventing these entry-point devices from being compromised by a malicious cybercriminal attack is paramount for overall network security.

Why Is Endpoint Security Important?

In today’s fast-paced and incredibly competitive business world, data has become an essential commodity for many companies. The outcome of even a single security breach can be catastrophic. Data theft, ransom demands, or malicious network damage can bring most companies to their knees.

With sensitive company data now being stored and shared by multiple users in the cloud, endpoint security has never been so important. It would only require cybercriminals to compromise one endpoint device, such as a laptop or mobile phone, to then gain access to sensitive company data.

How Does Endpoint Security Work?

Endpoint security works by adding several additional layers of security to protect end-user endpoint devices and the data flowing to and from them. This protection comes in a number of different forms, such as antivirus and malware protection, malicious activity detection, email phishing blocking, internet browsing protection, and data encryption.

Of course, encrypted VPN has its place as part of a layered security approach; however, it only encrypts and secures the payload traffic end-to-end. Endpoint security can allow the payload traffic to be inspected as it enters and exits the VPN encryption domain.

An endpoint protection platform (EPP) is the overall solution used to protect end-user devices from malicious attacks and is usually centrally managed. For example, the Securus EPP is a secure cloud-based EPP solution that can centrally maintain, manage and monitor the security of every endpoint device on your network.

The centralised EPP will alert if an endpoint device becomes compromised. That device can be blocked from accessing the network, even if the device is no longer accessible via the corporate network.

Benefits Of Endpoint Security

Deploying a robust endpoint protection platform (EPP) has a number of security benefits.

1. Enhanced Endpoint Security

Endpoint protection platforms protect against endpoint targeted viruses, malware, and other malicious activity such as email phishing. Endpoint internet browsing protection and data encryption are also available.

2. Cost Reduction

Most endpoint protection platform solutions avoid large capital outlay as use a monthly subscription-based model to reduce the total cost of ownership for your security platform.

3. Save Time

A robust endpoint security solution reduces the number of security incidents your IT team will need to investigate. These can be both frustrating and time-consuming.

4. Security Simplification

A cloud-managed endpoint protection platform (EPP) keeps security simple, with an easy to use GUI that allows you to monitor your entire endpoint security solution.

Automated Threat Response

It’s 4 am, and cybercriminals are trying to access your corporate network from a compromised mobile phone. An efficient endpoint protection platform will alert you of the incident in real-time, and automatically block the problem device.

Day-Zero Threat Updates

EPP use large-scale cloud compute power, the latest virus, ransomware and phishing signatures provide comprehensive protection against sophisticated malware and zero-day threats.

Securus Endpoint Protection Platform

The Securus Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) allows you to fully manage endpoint security from a single, easy to use, cloud-based GUI. Every single endpoint device that has access to your corporate network is securely managed and maintained.

Endpoint antivirus scanning, malware & ransomware protection, and anti-phishing are just a few of the security features that come as standard. Below is an overview of the endpoint security features we have available.

Endpoint Protection

  • Advanced multi-factor authentication
  • Next-generation ransomware protection
  • Malicious file encryption detection
  • Endpoint Antivirus scanning
  • Fully integrated advanced endpoint protection
  • Machine learning to identify and address the most sophisticated threats
  • Detailed security alerting from a single GUI using SEIM technology
  • 24/7 threat detection and response via the Securus CSOC

Email Protection

  • Enhanced Ransomware – Securus offers highly advanced anti-ransomware technology that uses behavioural analysis to prevent ransomware and boot-record attacks entering your email system.
  • Stealth Attacks – This email security system employs time-of-click URL protection and checks the originating website reputation of email links before delivering. And, it rechecks them when the user clicks, thus blocking delayed attacks that other email security suites can miss.
  • Anti-Spam/Phishing Imposters – Securus blocks Spam and phishing imposters and protects your employees from attacks using deceptive, fraudulent email addresses that mirror those of trusted contacts.
  • Email cleansing, identity-based encryption, malicious file encryption detection, and detailed threat alerting.
  • 24/7 threat detection and response via the Securus CSOC

Web Security

  • Malicious file encryption detection
  • Prevent access to suspicious websites
  • Endpoint antivirus file scanning when downloading files
  • Fully integrated advanced endpoint protection
  • Machine learning to identify and address the most sophisticated threats
  • Detailed security alerting from a single GUI using SEIM technology
  • 24/7 threat detection and response via the Securus CSOC

Cloud Security

Security does not stop at the user endpoint device level. Both cloud applications and online email are continuously bombarded with new and improved threats each day. The Securus Office 365 Security Suite is a complementing solution to ensure your Office 365 data is fully secure.

Backup And Restore Is A Security Factor

Security goes hand-in-hand with backup and restore protocols for your organisation’s data. While cybersecurity takes care of incoming threats that risk the loss or theft of your proprietary data, there’s also the threat of loss due to system failure. Backup and restore/DR are as critical, then, as cybersecurity in maintaining the integrity of your network. The Securus Office 365 Backup Suite is a complementing backup solution where ensure your Office 365 data is securely backed-up and ready at a moments notice. 

Conclusion

With an ever-increasing number of mobile users requiring access to sensitive information, your organisation faces additional security challenges that come with endpoint security. Considering your data is perhaps your most valuable asset, protecting it with an enhanced integrated threat management solution has numerous benefits.

While security is the responsibility of your IT and cybersecurity teams, employing a suite such as the Securus Endpoint Protection Platform offers a robust added layer of protection that thwarts ransomware, malware, and other threats. In today’s environment, you are constantly open to attacks and external breaches; it’s time to fight back.

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