Use Endpoint Protection to Secure Your Business Computer System

Discussing Endpoint Protection and its impact on businesses is very relevant, in the present context.

Over the course of the past two decades, the business world has undergone great changes. There was a time when business owners carried out their business activities with a single system (and maybe one POS terminal) and were content protecting it with a basic antivirus software.

Today, the scenario is different. Cyber criminals have got really smart, we have all kinds of sophisticated malware all set to target any system, device or network with a vulnerability that can be exploited. Cyber criminals are coming up with all kinds of innovative techniques and new malware almost every day. Moreover, it’s not just a system that’s involved in business activities, even for small businesses. The entire operation gets spread out, involving more computers and of course greater number of people who manage these systems and the data therein. We have also arrived at a stage where we use not just Pcs for business; we also use laptops, tablets, smartphones etc in large scale. We also use the barcode readers, POS terminals etc that were used earlier as well, but the way these machines work today is much different from how it was a few years ago.

Today, we live in the age of emerging technologies like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device); employees use their own personal devices- laptops, smartphones, tabs etc- to connect to the business network and to do their work.

In this changed context, security concerns are much greater compared to how it was when businesses operated with one single system and a POS terminal or a barcode reader. Just having an antivirus software won’t do. Lots of other security software come into the picture, and it’s in this context that the relevance of having a trusted Endpoint Protection Software becomes relevant.

Yes, it’s high time you started protecting your business computer system with endpoint protection software. If not, you’re likely to face security threats of the gravest kind.

Endpoint Protection is now a very organized aspect of enterprise security. There would be resources in any big company dedicated exclusively to taking care of endpoint protection. In smaller companies too endpoint security is to be taken very seriously. Every system that connects to the enterprise network, every device that’s used to connect to the network from within the company or remotely, would have to comply with some specific security-based criteria before it gets access to network resources.

Even today, there are many smaller companies that go with the illusion that a basic antivirus software would be enough to provide them security. This, as already stated, is just an illusion. Endpoints are to be secured, in the best of ways, simply because endpoints are among the favorite targets of cyber criminals. Not taking proper care of endpoints, not bothering about endpoint protection would mean that your entire business is at stake. You can go with bare minimum security software only if you use a system solely for offline purposes and don’t even check emails. Otherwise, it’s always advisable not to focus on the money you save by not opting for security software or endpoint protection, but to think about the enormous losses you could incur if some hacker gets away with your enterprise data and the sensitive personal data of your customers. Yes, just think of that possibility. In today’s scenario, almost anyone who uses the internet can be hacked at any given point in time. So, if it happens with your business, you could end up being ruined!!!

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Is It Possible To Build A Robust Endpoint Protection System?

The security-threat landscape is evolving at a rapid speed. The security measures which are effective today may not be so tomorrow. Under such circumstances, one question which has long remained unanswered is: what needs to go into an endpoint protection or security system to make it robust enough to successfully counter today’s security threats? And also whether it is possible to create such a foolproof robust endpoint protection system in the first place?

The answer seems to be emerging in the form of converged endpoint security. Modern endpoint security systems are expected to focus more on detection and response rather than just being a traditional antimalware and antispyware tools like they used to be a while ago. But converged

endpoint security is much more than an EDR (endpoint detection and response system).

Converged Endpoint Security? What Is It?

Converged endpoint security system is a system which can think on its own and offer valuable suggestions to SOC analysts (security operations center) who, based on these suggestions, can do some important decision-making. The first converged endpoint security system was released only recently in the market.

Not Just Analytics-Driven Data, But Valuable Recommendations

According to Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, converged endpoint security systems are not just analytics-driven but also provide verdicts and recommended actions to SOC analysts. Whether to initiate these automated responses/actions or not is left for the SOC analysts to decide. Therefore human control factor is still there, although the system just got better.

Converged Endpoint Security Still Has A Long Way To Go

Yes, the world’s first converged endpoint security system has emerged. A system which is not only going to alert SOC analysts but offer automated recommendations and verdicts as well. But it’s too early to predict the impact it might have on enterprise networks. Therefore it can be safely assumed that converged endpoint security system is in the development stage and has a long way to go. But there’s no doubt that this system is an improvement over the currently prevailing security system.

Moreover, the attempt to make endpoint security systems more human-friendly is something which has been long due. Believe it or not, the makers of the first converged endpoint security are suggesting that this system will be able to answer questions like ‘Is the network being attacked by ransomware? Has the ransomware been successfully prevented? Or is it still present in the network?’.

Conclusion:

So, is it possible to build a robust endpoint protection system that defies various forms of hacking? The answer may seem elusive as of now but we are definitely inching towards the solution. Because just as the hacking community is not giving up, so is the security community which has come up with the unique idea of taking endpoint security to the next level through converged endpoint security.

But one thing’s certain. Combating the dynamic and diverse capabilities of cybercriminals will be a lot easier with converged endpoint security solutions. The only thing which remains to be seen is how – and whether – the entire security community embraces this new and improved version of the old technology.

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