The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be fading, but the after-effects linger. One of the results of decreased income streams and lack of personnel is that businesses are increasingly likely to neglect cybersecurity issues.
Many companies have attempted to remedy this situation (including the spread of malware) by employing off-site resources and technologies – however, the benefits of Endpoint security cannot be ignored.
Endpoint security offers a business a variety of tangible and well-recognized benefits. Leading Endpoint Protection security features included cutting-edge antivirus protection, application control, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and many other features. It is these features that should be carefully considered when data security and an IT environment strategy are being evaluated.
The Surprising Business Benefits of Endpoint Security
- Effective Patch Management
Every cybersecurity expert is of the same opinion – patches are vital in ensuring data protection. Each patch will contain essential security updates and features that reduce the possibility (and damage) of cyber attacks. Unpatched endpoints are vulnerable and can provide an entry point for malicious code. The Ponemon Institute conducted a survey indicating that on average the Endpoints are three months behind when it came to installing patches. Adding to the urgency is the fact that it takes a business approximately 97 days to test and install patches.
Endpoint security can greatly assist the IT department in meeting its patch targets by making unpatched devices more visible. This, in turn, allows the department to identify these devices and prioritize patching in a manner that causes minimal workflow disruption.
- Maximize Visibility
Lack of visibility is one of the most common problems when it comes to cybersecurity. Businesses often struggle with generating valuable insights into their IT environment. Enhanced, genuine visibility makes the job of the cybersecurity professional that much easier. They can identify the attack surfaces that are exploited by hackers who are on the lookout for isolated, vulnerable, and neglected endpoints.
Endpoint security enhances visibility, it is one of the important, yet unexpected benefits of the solution. These cutting-edge solutions will assist IT, security specialists, to identify all the devices that connect to a business network. These may include mobile devices. These devices are becoming more and more a part of the business environment, especially as businesses struggle with the question of whether remote work should be the norm. Endpoint security will reveal any gaps in cybersecurity planning and deployment – and it will also schedule regular checkups to ensure that weak spots on attack surfaces are identified and the threat is mitigated.
- Optimized Security
Studies have shown that layered, complex endpoint security solutions increase, rather than decrease the risks of a data breach. Objectively considered this makes perfect sense. The overloading of endpoints with numerous agents can almost inevitably lead to challenging integration issues. And these in turn increase vulnerability. The solution is to install more comprehensive solutions. The new generation of Endpoint security solutions is able to provide extremely high-level capabilities that will assist the organization in streamlining cybersecurity solutions.
- Reduction of Losses
The fact that many employees are now working from home during the waning days of the Coronavirus has definitely reduced losses, but Endpoint security has played a part. However, business life is slowly, but surely returning to normal. As more and more employees return to their office endpoint security ensures that loss prevention affecting both physical devices and digital assets is made simpler.
In terms of digital assets, next-gen Endpoint security solutions provide DLP – an important capability in modern business, especially with large numbers of the workforce still working from home. DLP is pivotal in ensuring that data does not leave approved database sites or endpoints. It will also prevent users or malicious players from uploading data to the public Cloud. The number of data breaches that have their origins in misconfigured Cloud databases is a reason for concern – and it is a growing threat. Endpoint security will help to mitigate this threat.
Physical threats such as the loss of a vital endpoint containing sensitive data can also be addressed by Endpoint security. These solutions can assist the organization in remote-wiping or tracking lost endpoints – allowing data security to be maintained even if the device falls into the wrong hands.