“Endpoint” is a word that floats are a lot nowadays in modern business circles, particularly when it comes to discussions about improving network security.
According to Symantec’s recent Internet Security Threat Report, the number of cryptojacking attacks quadrupled between 2017 and 2018. Ransomware that targeted enterprises specifically rose by 12%, and mobile ransomware rose 33%.
Things are only getting worse in the fighter against business-targeting hackers, but there are some fantastic solutions out there for protecting one’s business and sensitive customer information.
One measure to take in order to improve one’s overall network security is to invest in endpoint protection solutions.
But what is endpoint, and how do endpoint security solutions improve a business’ overall network security? Let’s dive in.
By definition, an endpoint is a remote device that communicates with a network it is connected to and both sends and receives data. Typically, endpoints include laptops, servers, smartphones, workstations, etc.
Endpoint security, also known as endpoint protection, describes a method of protecting a company’s network when it is accessed by remote devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other similar wireless devices. Endpoint security often involves status monitoring as well as software and activity monitoring.
Endpoint security technology is usually installed on the company’s network servers, as well as endpoint devices typically used on the said network.
Endpoints are very vulnerable on a business network. Hackers can try and execute code and exploit vulnerabilities through these devices to access sensitive information or cause damage to a network. As businesses are accepting more mobile technology, with smartphones and tablets becoming daily tools in work life, endpoints are now requiring more substantial protection. This is especially so for companies who have off-site remote devices that users are connecting to around the globe.
There are numerous attacks that endpoints are susceptible to:
- Hackers can take control of an endpoint device and use it to execute a DoS attack.
- Endpoints can be used as an entry point into a business in order to access, steal, or destroy very high-value assets and sensitive customer information such as credit card numbers or home addresses.
- Hackers can access assets on the endpoint itself and hold those assets hostage for high ransoms or for disruptive purposes.
For the most part, businesses would depend substantially on antivirus software to secure their endpoints. Unfortunately, this is not as effective as it used to be. Traditional antivirus software cannot protect against modern attacks.
Advanced endpoint protection solutions are designed to prevent known and lesser-known malware and hacker exploits, incorporate automation techniques to make things easier for security teams and protect users individually without making the system perform less efficiently.
This isn’t just an issue for large enterprises, either. Small and medium-sized businesses need to preemptively incorporate endpoint protection, even if there is not a massive volume of endpoint devices connected to the business’ network.
Oyster Technologies have qualified, trained and certified professionals who support endpoint security solutions. We’re an omnipotent team of security pros with a massive amount of collective experience in mobile app development, cloud solutions, software testing, internet security products, and more. The solution we offer for endpoint security is Endpoint Protection by Symantec (SEP) and by Malware Bytes.
Symantec is one of the most advanced endpoint security platforms on the planet, and we deliver it as a cloud service. One single agent and a collective cloud console work together to distribute effective endpoint security and integrate across partner ecosystems and Symantec. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Cloud is powerful and is able to implement uncompromised and dependable protection through security-as-a-service for companies and enterprises with limited IT security resources or teams. SEP Cloud combines multi-layered endpoint vulnerability protection and endpoint device management with intuitive cloud-based management. All automated, all put on us– so you can focus more on running your business.
Oyster Technologies also uses Malware Bytes to proactively block potentially disastrous threats by replacing traditional antivirus solutions that are obsolete when it comes to modern endpoint vulnerabilities. Malwarebytes protect businesses as well as individuals from malware, ransomware, and common endpoint exploits that go under the radar of traditional protection. Malwarebytes is designed to completely replace a business’ current antivirus and uses automation and AI technology to stop attacks before they can compromise an endpoint and the network it is connected to.
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