The Importance of Endpoint Protection

July 27, 2022

An “endpoint” is today’s buzzword for any device connected to a network, such as a computer or virtual machine (PC, Mac or Linux) as well as Android and Apple iOS mobile devices.  Your endpoints are often on the front line for attacks from viruses, malware and ransomware.  Since 2013, ransomware has become one of the major threats to business operations.  A single instance of ransomware can shut down your business by encrypting essential files.  Unfortunately in today’s world new attack methods are constantly emerging with one of the latest being “fileless” attacks that exist exclusively in your device’s memory, making it impossible for traditional scan-based protection approaches to detect them.  When an attack or data breach occurs it can often go undetected for a period of time allowing the attacker to exploit the vulnerability they’ve created by stealing information or infecting more servers and/or endpoints.

Endpoint protection software detects and prevents damage from all manner of constantly-evolving attacks.  Machine learning and globally crowdsourced threat intelligence provide the ability to detect and prevent even the latest types of attacks.  It is important to protect your device’s firmware integrity and detect in-memory fileless attacks from the pre-boot state through run-time.  Easily exploitable applications like browsers, document readers, email clients and Java require special monitoring and the ability to immediately block threats as well as the ability to automatically blacklist malicious URLs.  All of this also requires a light footprint that doesn’t impede the device’s performance, so it is virtually undetectable by the end-user.

Your organization’s mobile devices are increasingly becoming a battleground for attacks.  Ransomware attacks on Android devices began in 2014 and have been growing and evolving since.  Mobile device management enables remote messaging, alarming and wiping of lost or stolen devices.  Application control allows the monitoring of installed apps.  Policies for security features such as password complexity and lock screen timers can be mandated centrally.

According to the Ponemon Institute 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses.  Don’t let your business fall victim to an attack.  To learn more about endpoint protection, and our solution partner ESET, contact us at #EndpointProtection #ESET #DilSe