Why Businesses Need Endpoint Protection

April 17, 2020
Author: Eric Vibberts
Blog | Security
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Endpoint protection platforms (EPP):

Endpoint protection, or endpoint security, describes cybersecurity services for network endpoints, like laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, servers, and virtual environments. These services may include next-generation antivirus software, endpoint detection and response (EDR) for investigation and response, device management, web filtering and data loss prevention (DLP), and other considerations to face evolving threats.

Endpoint protection helps businesses keep critical systems, intellectual property, customer data, employees, and guests safe from ransomware, phishing, malware, and other zero-day cyber attacks. 

Why businesses need endpoint protection:

Criminals are constantly developing new ways to attack networks, take advantage of employee trust, and steal data. Smaller businesses may think they’re not a target, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, small businesses with 100 employees or fewer face the same risk of attack as a large employee enterprise.

No matter the size, businesses need reliable endpoint security that can stop modern attacks. And since most companies are subject to some form of compliance and privacy regulations, protection for endpoints is 100% necessary to help businesses avoid hefty fines and damage to their reputation due to a security breach.

Steps to secure endpoints in your organization:

  1. Outfit employee endpoints with anti-virus software, multi-factor authentication, and automated client management for application updates. These simple protections will go far in securing your client data.
  2. Delete unnecessary customer and employee data from endpoint devices. Routine data minimization is not only an industry best practice, it decreases the chances of accidental loss or corruption.
  3. Consider implementing an endpoint detection and response solution in order to quickly respond to active threats for incident response.
  4. Keep your certifications and technology up-to-date. Ensure your company has implemented routine patches for endpoints, and that all licensing reflects the latest in compliance and regulatory standards.
  5. Update your security and recovery plans to reflect the latest additions/changes to your network infrastructure. This is imperative if you have added new mobile, IoT, or on-premises resources.
Learn more: How CBTS can help protect your organization

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