Make room in your heart for endpoint security

September 14, 20184 Minute Read

It’s been a while since everyone celebrated Valentine’s Day, but regardless of the time of year, loners are never safe. Love is always in the air, and you never know when you might have to deal with some of your coworkers pairing off.

Regardless of whether you plan to be among them, is there something that can unite the lovers and love-haters in IT? The obvious answer is technology, but not just any technology will fit the bill. Everyone can agree to hate annoying help-desk requests, but it’s time to fall back in love with technology that works—especially endpoint security tools and other critical security tech.

You’re not heartless—but hackers are

Regardless of how you might feel about office romance, no one should be punished for the pursuit of love. Everyone deserves a chance to fall in love, right?

Not according to the hackers, who are hard at work scamming vulnerable online daters. These ploys include a 220 percent increase in malicious URLs in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day (though, they definitely don’t take the rest of the year off). Security researchers have also found that the massive Necurs botnet, which consists of 6 million unsecured endpoints and is involved in everything from tax scams to banking Trojans, has been targeting online dating websites.

Even if you wish office romance would just go away, you have to agree the hackers behind Necurs and other wolves of the world don’t deserve to win—which is why it’s time to fall in love with endpoint security.

3 ways to kick-start your relationship with endpoint security

Analysts projected the global cost of ransomware would reach $5 billion in 2017. In the months to come, that figure isn’t likely to shrink, especially when you consider the proliferation of Ransomware as a Service. Factor in the increasing threat of attacks on mobile devices, and it’s not hard to understand why your network’s chances of coming face-to-face with hackers this year are higher than ever.

Can you feel your passion for security reigniting? Good—keep that righteous energy flowing and direct it toward improving your security strategy so hackers can’t break you apart. Here are three of the most lovable solutions for uniting your entire IT team under a holistic and comprehensive security strategy:

1. Rely on devices with built-in security features

In a recent study, over 70 percent of hacking events started with an endpoint—and not just mobile devices and computers. Hackers love to worm their way into your network through all types of office tech, like business printers and copiers, which are often overlooked and left unsecured, making them easy targets.

One of the smartest ways to spend your security budget this year is on endpoint devices with embedded security features, such as printers with the ability to self-heal against attacks.

2. Fend off ransomware with anti-exploit solutions

Over half of organizations surveyed by Sophos encountered ransomware in 2017, and 75 percent of these affected companies were using updated endpoint protection. What gives?

According to researcher Dan Schiappa, most of the successful ransomware attacks were due to exploits, and the vast majority of companies don’t make anti-exploit tech a part of their security strategy. The smartest anti-exploit solutions can protect your organization against the cleverest techniques on the block, including zero-day attacks on browser or Flash vulnerabilities.

3. Focus on centralizing your IT management system

Chances are, your company has about a billion entry points on your network, many of which you may have unknowingly overlooked. This number also includes shadow endpoints, or unauthorized tech, like the personal mobile devices employees sneak into work when the IT team’s not looking.

To fight ransomware and other threats successfully, you need to coordinate a fast-moving stack of security technologies, processes, and people. The only way to stay sane is with a centralized management system. CSO Online says the most love-worthy solutions include:

  • Multifactor authentication
  • Customized views and dashboards
  • Role-based access control

These endpoint security tools represent a solid starting point for revamping your security strategy, but in addition, you may need endpoint response capabilities, remediation technology, an endpoint agent, malware detection, and more—all good things to keep in mind as you tighten up and secure your IT environment.

You don’t have to love office romance, but you’re probably working in the IT field because you love office technology. Realistically, there’s no escaping the likelihood that at least two of your coworkers are going to pair off soon, and there’s no hiding from the fact the state of endpoint security is scarier than ever. Finding room in your heart for endpoint solutions really is your best hope.

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