3 Steps to Strengthen Enterprise Endpoints

By: Josh Mayfield | 6/6/2019

Cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated — as evidenced by the spike in high-profile data breaches in recent years. Yet, most enterprise organizations feel more secure than they actually are. The three steps outlined below will help you to strengthen your endpoint security and remediate threats before they can cause damage.

1. See all of your Endpoints

It is a common fallacy for enterprises to assume that if encryption, SCCM or other required applications are installed on devices that they are protected. In reality, 42 percent of devices are unprotected at any given time. Encryption may be installed, but if it is not working, that device is wide open to risk. When devices are off the corporate network, IT teams struggle to see what devices they have, let alone know if their security controls are effective.

Moreover, 62% of data security professionals don’t know where their sensitive data is, according to a report from Forrester. At risk data? It lives on the endpoint. Without unhindered visibility, organizations are opening themselves up to risks that this data, or the devices themselves, will be compromised — either by insiders or through malicious cyber attacks. Read: Five Quick Tips to Help Companies Mitigate Insider Threats

[caption id="attachment_32575" align="alignright" width="400"]100 percent of endpoints experience failed encryption agents within one year 2019 Endpoint Security Trends Report[/caption]

2. Choose Security Layers

The next step is to choose your security layers. The choice of specific VPN, antivirus, anti-malware, encryption, systems management, and other endpoint controls depends on many factors.

When it comes to security layers, however, more is not always better. A recent study by Absolute found that endpoint complexity is to blame for much of the failure of security tools. With so many security tools on a device all competing for the same resources, inevitably they collide and eventually fail.

Read IT Complexity: Metrics and Strategies to Navigate and Measure Performance

Additionally, 70% of organizations do not regularly test security controls on the endpoint, and they don’t have oversight when a device goes missing, or if there’s sensitive data hidden on the endpoint.

Instead, IT teams need to ensure that all endpoints are deployed with specific, automated endpoint security solutions and that those solutions are resilient to attempts to break or compromise them.


3. Add Persistent Visibility Over Endpoints

With devices being re-imaged, users disabling apps, corrupted registry files, and solutions that are inactive off the corporate network, the first step is to add pervasive visibility to the endpoint.

Embedded in firmware, Absolute’s “always on” and “always there” Persistence technology gives enterprises visibility and near real-time remediation over devices, data, applications or users — on or off the corporate network. And, with Application Persistence, IT can regain control over other endpoint security applications, which means that they’ll self-heal if compromised, and ensure the latest patches, updates, and security files are deployed when devices are off the network.

Enterprises can ensure that the layers that are deployed remain operational and effective, despite attempts to disable them (which is often the first step in any malware attack). For organizations in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and finance, this added protection can help prove the health and efficacy of endpoint security controls for compliance situations.

Reduce Dwell Time, Protect Data

Traditional incident responses usually involve manual remediation, patches, and updates — all of which increase the dwell time (the duration a threat actor has undetected access in a network), and increase the likelihood of errors leading to ongoing risk. Absolute’s persistent, self-healing endpoint security gives enterprises the ability to reduce the dwell time of an at-risk device, reducing the chance of it becoming a breach vector and – if it does happen – offering near real-time remediation at the source.

[caption id="attachment_32549" align="alignleft" width="165"]2019 Endpoint Security Trends Report Data reveals that 100% of endpoint security tools eventually fail - no tool is immune.[/caption]

There is no silver bullet when it comes to data security. You can, however, take a layered approach that is reinforced by technology to help harden your security posture and optimize your threat detection and remediation capabilities. To learn more, read the 2019 Endpoint Security Trends Report

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