7 Tips to Improve Your Endpoint Protection

When the stay-at-home policy was enforced during the lockdown, many organizations relied on IT services to keep them afloat. Seeing the ease that came with it, they decided to embrace it as a whole, unaware of the pending increase in cybercrime that’d follow.

The cost of an average cyberattack was reported to have increased by $645 billion between 2013 and 2020. Organizations now exhaust their finances on cyber threat recovery, and the dollars spent keep peaking. Ensuring your company’s safety from these crimes takes several plans and strategies. It, however, begins with Endpoint Protection.

What is Endpoint Protection?

Endpoint protection is ensuring the safety of entry points from cyber criminals. Endpoints usually involve the company’s devices like desktops and laptops, plus employees’ personal devices used for business operations.

Endpoint protection adopts policies and security services that detect vulnerabilities in the company’s endpoints. It secures the devices from cyber threats and helps reduce the chances of network breaches or data loss.

The practice of endpoint protection is no longer limited to antivirus software or firewalls; it is now equipped with advanced technologies capable of stopping the ever-evolving cyber threat. 

How To Improve Your Endpoint Protection

1. Adopt the BYOD Strategy

BYOD is an abbreviation for Bring Your Own Device, a practice that companies encourage to evaluate their ability to protect their employees’ devices from cyber invaders. The policy helps restrict unauthorized company data access via mobile phones or tablets.

It commonly involves categorizing authorized devices and applications in the corporate network. It limits the information accessible, and web pages one can browse on. An organization with confidential data is advised to put together its own mobile devices and laptops with limited access to sensitive information.

2. Use of A Firewall

Maintaining your company’s cyber security requires using different security solutions and adopting ever-changing security policies. A single plan or software can hardly impact the safety of your company’s endpoints.

A firewall is, however, a vital aspect of your security scheme. It analyzes incoming and outgoing traffic, checks for threats, and eliminates them. It significantly reduces the vulnerability of your endpoints by stopping almost all forms of malware before they make an impact.

3. Protect Your Company’s Endpoints Against Potential Insecurities from Partners

Organizations usually partner with companies to broaden their reach or work together towards a common goal. However, these partners can also be a source of a network breach, exposing your data to cyber invaders.

As the business owner, you need to protect your company by using tools that identify malicious codes in software that seem threat-free. This will create an opportunity to thwart the infection before damages occur. You should also restrict third-party access to your network, allowing only what is needed for their operations.

4. Regularly Update Your Security Policies and Remediation Strategies

Cybercriminals are always coming up with new attacks, for they are fast at retracing their steps and adapting to recent changes in IT security. To keep up with this, your organization needs to upgrade its security software constantly.

Business owners should also initiate new security practices to keep their systems safe and their endpoints secured. Regularly changing policies might be time-consuming and mind-draining. Working with experts to ease your task and determine the correct approach is always best.

5. Create Awareness Among Employees

Workers are easy prey to cyber invaders and the most common cause of insider threats. They are regular victims of CEO Fraud, Smishing, and reply-chain phishing. This is, however, due to their ignorance and, sometimes, negligence. Some companies hardly educate their employees on cyber threats making them a walking threat to IT security. Companies who make rules don’t enforce them, leaving workers relaxed regarding security practices.

To secure your endpoints, the end users need to be regularly informed of the evolving cyberattacks and how much risk is at hand. They should be taught to identify phishing links and encouraged to use complex passwords. There should also be must-do security practices for remote workers.

6. Data Access Policy

Many companies lack the right data access policy and do nothing to improve their protocols. If unwilling to put their data at risk or exhaust their resources in remediation, data access must be limited and categorized.

Data whose details are not confidential can be granted public access, while those with sensitive information are restricted. Workers should only be given access to the data they need for daily operations. To enforce this policy, user authentication systems should be adopted. Unauthorized access requests should be made known to the IT department.

7. Employ Data Encryption Algorithms

Encryption is essential to IT security and should be used when managing endpoints. Critical data stored online shouldn’t be left without solid encryption if one is to reduce the number of ways one could lose data on cloud services.

Cloud data encryption will assure you that your company is safe since cybercriminals encounter many difficulties, making it hard to access encrypted files. This security algorithm should not be limited to information transmitted. It should also be used on data in rest mode, for they need to be well-protected.

If you need professional help securing your endpoints and updating its management practices, contact ECN IT at 520-355-7553 or fill out our contact form.