Endpoint security is the process of securing endpoints of end-user devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile devices. It refers to cybersecurity services for network endpoints. These services include anti-virus software, email and web filtering and implementing firewalls. Endpoint security plays a critical role for businesses ensuring all confidential information from consumers, employees, etc are protected from malicious activities. Organizations of all sizes are at risk of getting hacked by cybercriminals. Endpoint security is often seen as cybersecurity’s frontline, so most organizations look to secure this spot first. Without endpoint security, companies and individuals are risking all of the data they use, and the integrity of the company they work for. It is so crucial to have a team that constantly is monitoring for potential threats and making sure that your systems are always up to date. Endpoint security is important for both business and personal users. Everyone wants to know that their information is safe and secure, and businesses have legal obligations to keep client data secure. When companies can ensure endpoint compliance with data security standards, they can maintain greater control over the growing number and type of access points to the network.
But Why Is Endpoint Security So Important?
In the last year, we have seen a tremendous increase in people working from home worldwide. This has been very beneficial and productive for some businesses, although it also opens the door to an unprecedented security risk. When we extend digital connectivity beyond the traditional workplace, this increases exposure to cyber-attacks and other data security threats. Mobile phones quickly became a considerable risk for any business. Especially nowadays, many employees are using their own smartphones for work, which organizations need to consider as this is creating multiple endpoint vulnerabilities. Also, employees working from home or connecting to Wi-Fi networks to work on-the-go means that the network is more vulnerable than ever. Mobile malware can install spyware, steal or delete data, hijack your text messages, and other apps even lock your phone and hold it for ransom. Most security breaches used to come in through the network, but today threats are increasingly coming in through endpoints, which means we need to focus on maintaining greater control over access points to prevent the vulnerabilities that can be created through the use of end user devices.
Even though endpoint security is a top priority, the first line of defence in protecting company devices is educating the employees about the threats and protecting their multiple devices. However, we see that hackers become more educated as time goes on and learn to adapt to new systems. It is also super important to learn about mobile device security and consider the implementation of Mobile Threat Defence (MTD). Check Point’s Sandblast Mobile Protection is the leading Mobile Threat Defence (MTD) solution, which provides complete threat detection and mitigation, full visibility and simple deployment. Contact us today to receive a FREE 30 day trial for Checkpoint SandBlast and learn more about how we can assist you with your endpoint and mobile security needs.