Securing your IT environment was a lot simpler when systems were self-contained within on-premises data centers.
Access to applications and databases had to be obtained from inside the facility, limiting the possibility of hackers compromising your environment. Generally, it required a physical intrusion to steal data or disrupt operations.
But now, the growth of cloud computing, along with the expansion of the mobile workforce has dramatically changed this equation.
Maintaining a secure computing environment has become exponentially more complex, yet more important than ever.
As a result, many companies now struggle to implement effective endpoint security solutions.
But why? What, exactly, makes it so tough?
Let’s examine a few of the biggest challenges standing in the way.
Remote Work Makes Effective Endpoint Security More Difficult
There’s no doubt that providing robust, effective endpoint security poses some challenges, especially with remote work growing in popularity.
Every laptop and mobile device used to access your company’s IT resources expands the attack surface available to malicious actors. Basically, the more devices that you allow to access your network, the more chances for weaknesses to develop.
Without proper management, the job of securing all these endpoints quickly grows out of hand.
In fact, many of the biggest challenges to effective endpoint security arise from this aspect.
Let’s dive a bit further to discover why.
Identifying Your Endpoint Resources
Security is impossible without completely identifying all of your endpoint resources & devices.
After all, you can’t protect something if you don’t know it’s connected to your network, right?
As such, the first thing you need to know is which devices are connected to your network, and where they’re located. Next, you’ll need to determine if they’re being used to access sensitive or high-value information.
While this can be a straightforward task, it can become much more complicated if your company uses a “bring- your-own-device” with your remote team members.
Managing Updates and Security Patches
The problem of managing system updates and security patches is closely related to the lack of visibility into endpoints.
Unpatched systems create a major security risk, as vulnerabilities identified by developers remain accessible to hackers.
It can be extremely difficult to enforce a strict patch management policy if your security teams don’t even know where all devices are located.
The loss of sensitive or business-critical data can deliver a devastating blow to your organization.
And, unfortunately, remote workers using mobile devices increase the likelihood of just such a data loss scenario.
Users can accidentally delete important information, or hackers can gain access to unguarded or unpatched devices.
This means you’ll want to back up all endpoints, to ensure data can be recovered in the event of a lost device or successful ransomware attack.
Cyberattack and Intrusion Detection
The tools used in traditional, on-premises data centers are insufficient to address the need to identify malicious intrusions or cyberattacks on endpoint devices.
But, why is that?
Well, hackers are constantly evolving their techniques to thwart antivirus programs. In addition, they also create new, novel phishing schemes to trick unsuspecting users into divulging login credentials.
Effective endpoint security only remains as strong as it’s weakest link, and if a single phishing attempt succeeds, it can spell big trouble.
Rogue Applications Weaken Effective Endpoint Security
Even if you manage to patch and maintain all of your company-approved applications, does that mean all applications remain secure?
Unfortunately, the answer is “No.”
That’s because employees may download additional software on their mobile devices, without you even knowing. Whether it’s their favorite web browser, email platform, or even a ‘harmless’ game, these unknown programs create big problems.
Each of these apps creates another potential attack surface through which malware can enter, compromising the security of sensitive data resources.
Additionally, shadow IT (in which users take advantage of unapproved cloud services), can pose major problems if you don’t maintain the necessary visibility into active endpoints access company data.
Minimize the Challenges with a Managed Endpoint Security Service
While the challenges of effective endpoint security are a growing challenge, that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to overcome.
However, as cybersecurity continues to grow in complexity, it’s often best to turn to experts for assistance.
If you feel overwhelmed by the demands of the IT world, don’t stress; trusted professionals are ready and able to help you secure your business today.
Blue Bastion Cyber Security, with the support of our network division, Ideal Integrations, can provide you a managed endpoint security service that simplifies the process of safeguarding your IT landscape.
Our approach to endpoint security combines threat intelligence feeds, an endpoint detection and recovery solution, and a security operations center that provides 24/7 coverage.
Simply contact our team at 412-349-6680, or fill out the form below, and our team of cybersecurity experts will create and execute the ultimate security plan to protect your organization!
And, as always, stay vigilant.