How Well Do You Know Your Endpoints?
Many organizations spend time and money deploying endpoint protection, then think they can forget about it…
An article review.
Not too long ago when it came to endpoint security it was common practice to simply install an antivirus program, set it to automatically update and move on. That kind of hands-off approach has never ensured great security, but “those were simpler times” as they say and many people got by with that alone. Unfortunately time moves on and, as a recent article from CSO Online notes, you can’t just “set it and forget it” when it comes to endpoint security anymore.
For one thing, it’s not just your employee workstations you have to deal with anymore–although those devices do face continuously evolving threats from websites, email attachments and USB drives. Today employees increasingly access company assets with their smartphones and laptops as well, with the article noting that the average employee now has three endpoints that need to be secured.
To be effective, endpoint security must be verified on an ongoing basis. This includes making sure the operating system and other applications are up-to-date, since a vulnerability can allow a bad actor to sidestep security entirely. Finally, the article also urges readers not to wait until there’s a crisis to act: proper endpoint security may not prevent a breach entirely, but it can help you emerge with less damage.
Original article by Richard Henderson writing for CSO Online.