By Charles Leaver

Endpoint Management Crucial For Prevention Of Cyber Attacks

Identify and control any device that requires access to your corporate network.

When an organization grows so does its asset footprint, and this makes the task of managing the entire set of IT assets a lot more challenging. IT management has changed from the days where IT asset management consisted of recording devices such as printers, accounting for all installed applications and ensuring that antivirus suites were updated.


Today, organizations are under constant threat of cyber attacks and the use of malicious code to infiltrate the corporate network. Many devices now have network access capabilities. Gone are the days when only desktop PC’s connected to an enterprise network. Now there is a culture of bring your own device (BYOD) where smart phones, tablets and laptops are all encouraged to connect to the network.

While this provides flexibility for the organizations with the ability for users to connect remotely, it opens up a whole new range of vulnerabilities as these different endpoints make the issue of corporate IT security a whole lot more complex.

“It is essential that you have a policy-based approach to the endpoint devices that are connected to your network to minimize the threat of cyber attacks and data breaches.”

– Chuck Leaver, Ziften CEO

What Is Endpoint Management?

It is essential that you have a policy based approach to the endpoint devices that are connected to your network to minimize the threat of cyber attacks and data breaches. The use of laptops, tablets, smart phones and other devices may be convenient, but they can expose organizations to a vast array of security threats. The main goal of a sound endpoint management strategy should be that network activities are carefully monitored and unauthorized devices cannot access the network.

Most endpoint management software is likely to check that the device has an operating system that has been approved, as well as antivirus software, and examine the device for updated private virtual network systems.

Endpoint management solutions will identify and control any device that requires access to the corporate network. If anyone is attempting to access the enterprise environment from a non compliant device they will be denied access. This is essential to combat attacks from cyber criminals and infiltrations from malicious groups.

Any device which does not comply with endpoint management policies are either quarantined or granted limited access. Local administrative rights may be removed and browsing the Internet restricted.

Organizations Can Do More

There are a number of techniques that an organization can employ as part of their policy on endpoint management. This can include firewalls (both network and personal), the encryption of sensitive data, stronger authentication methods which will certainly include the use of difficult to crack passwords that are regularly changed and device and network level antivirus and anti malware protection.

Endpoint management systems can work as a client and server basis where software is deployed and centrally managed on a server. The client program will need to be installed on all endpoint devices that are authorized to access the network. It is also possible to use a software as a service (SaaS) model of endpoint management where the vendor of the service will host and maintain the server and the security applications remotely.

When a client device attempts a log in then the server based application will scan the device to see if it complies with the organization’s endpoint management policy, and then it will validate the credentials of the user before access to the network can be granted.

The Problem With Endpoint Management Systems

Most organizations see security software applications as a “cure all” but it is not that clear cut. Endpoint security software that is purchased as a set and forget solution will never be enough. The experienced hackers out there know about these software solutions and are developing malicious code that will evade the defenses that a set and forget application can offer.

There needs to be human intervention and Jon Oltsik, contributor at Network World said “CISOs must take ownership of endpoint security and designate a group of specialists who own endpoint security controls as part of an overall responsibility for incident prevention, detection, and response.”

Ziften’s endpoint security solutions provide the continuous and look-back visibility that a cyber security team needs to detect and act upon to prevent any malicious infiltrations spreading and stealing the sensitive data of the organization.

Read more about the Ziften solution here: https://ziften.com/product-overview/.

 

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