Today’s savvy hackers prefer attacking threat surfaces that are isolated, vulnerable and integrated into a corporate network. That’s why endpoints are now the most popular in-road for cybercriminals. Endpoint security is how organisations secure endpoints (or entry points) of end-user devices such as desktops, laptops, and mobile devices from being attacked by cybercriminals. From its genesis within traditional antivirus software, endpoint security has evolved to be able to provide comprehensive protection from all manner of malware and evolving zero-day threats.
Endpoint protection is a critical part of enterprise cybersecurity. For example, data is often the most valuable asset a company has, so losing that data could endanger the entire business. And there are fresh challenges to face – not only a growing number of endpoints, but also an increase in the number of types of endpoints. This has allowed an increasing amount of new or unknown attacks (defined as “zero-day attacks) that involve the exploitation of undisclosed vulnerabilities – more traditional, signature-based detection solutions cannot recognise these.
Many reports illustrate the economic damage such attacks are inflicting on the bottom line as malicious actors bypass enterprise antivirus solutions. So, whilst the economic backlash of Covid-19 will undoubtedly place more strain than ever on IT budgets, now is the time to build a business case for endpoint security. Your organisation can’t afford to let its guard down – maintaining the highest levels of endpoint security should be a top priority.
So, what are some of the key criteria to include in your endpoint security business case therefore?