How Are You Neutralizing Endpoint Security Threats?

If you look around any organization, it’s clear that the number of endpoints and applications in use is growing exponentially. Data is being accessed from local and cloud-based storage through mobile devices that can be used as an access point to your most sensitive information.

The use of mobility — and all it entails from shared passwords in apps to employee behaviour in sharing corporate data — has introduced new risks and areas of vulnerability, expanding the endpoint attack surface. The attack surface is not typically limited to one threat vector, and it’s a misconception that malware is often the sole culprit. Attacks can be internal or external, targeting the network, software, or even the user themselves. The reality is that sophisticated attacks often involve a combination of these components. Neutralizing endpoint threats should be one of your top priorities.

Your organization probably has application blacklisting and patch management in place to address some endpoint security risks, but these still place your organization at risk from zero-day vulnerabilities, spear phishing and other advanced threats. So, what do you do if these attacks occur? Restricting the endpoint is one option, but it hampers productivity, and we all know employees will find a way to remain productive.

Shrinking the attack surface can help plug holes, but you still need to have strategies in place to mitigate the potential damage an attacker could inflict. Attacks evolve, your security posture must evolve too. At Absolute, we talk a lot about implementing a framework that is layered, focusing on internal and external threats and including training & policy plus network, endpoint and data security solutions that are constantly refreshed. For the endpoint, which is mobile, visibility is important: know where your endpoints are and that data is constantly protected, with alerts to any irregularities to hardware, software or user behaviour. With this level of control over devices, you can react quickly to isolate an attack or freeze a device. This flexibility will allow your organization to constantly monitor and react based on your own unique risk threshold.

This article was originally published on InTelligence Blog, an information security blog for IT professionals with a focus on data risk management, mobility trends, data breaches and threat detection.

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