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Halt cyberattacks in realtime with automated endpoint security
70 percent of all malware outbreaks spread through devices that employees use for their work. PCs, laptops, cell phones, and tablets serve as gateways through which hackers access a company. Focusing on these endpoints is indispensable when it comes to effectively protecting company data and employee productivity. Effective automated endpoint security is becoming crucial to all IT security strategies!
The number of perpetrated cyber security incidents is continually increasing, as is the demand for effective security solutions. Companies are hungry for one-size-fits-all solutions, since it’s clear that increasing digitalization and networking are further increasing their vulnerability to attacks.
The challenge: Detecting attacks in real time
One of the most important factors involved in ensuring effective protection is promptly detecting attacks. 70 percent of malware infections aren’t detected at all by antivirus solutions*. Malware secures access to company networks via one or more end devices, then settles into the network without meeting any resistance. On average, company systems have already been infiltrated for a period of 200 days before said infiltration is even recognized. The later an attack is noticed, the greater the amount of damages that can be incurred, whether these be data theft or manipulation or reduced employee productivity due to data encryption.
Automated endpoint security prevents damage, not attacks
What kind of protection is ideal, given that attacks are becoming increasingly frequent and sophisticated? Effective protection starts with recognizing that attacks are hard to prevent. Firewalls and antivirus tools don’t provide sufficient protection against viruses, Trojan horses, and ransomware. However, it is absolutely possible to prevent damage from occurring as a result of malware outbreaks. It is more expedient to focus on preventing the spread of malware once it has infiltrated a company network than it is to focus on preventing infiltration from happening in the first place. Since endpoints usually serve as points of access into a system, companies should concentrate on keeping these secure.
EDR, SIEM, and SOM don’t suffice
In doing so, companies can avail themselves of a broad and varied range of security solutions. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions, security incident and event management (SIEM) solutions, and security operation management (SOM) tools doubtlessly offer numerous advantages. However, none of these provide complete protection. For instance, a tool might underestimate the priority of a given attack, or the number of attacks detected by a solution might be unmanageable for the responsible IT employees, since mounting each defense would require too many manual steps.
Automated endpoint security protects data and productivity
Data and productivity must be protected in an automated way. Regardless of whether an attack comes from the outside or if the risk spreads from the inside out. For example, if an employee wants to copy data onto an unauthorized USB stick. Automated endpoint security solutions provide effective protection because they
- Focus on preventing hackers from achieving their goal: to steal, manipulate, or encrypt endpoint and server data
- Combine the features of an endpoint prevention platform with those of an endpoint detection and response platform
- Prevent data theft in real time by acting on the level of the operating system
- Guarantee real-time protection against ransomware
- Only transmit a warning notification if harmful outbound communication or data manipulation is detected. Or if they have prevented an attempt at unauthorized encryption
Remember: Awareness is also key
Automated endpoint security solutions offer comprehensive protection. However, companies must bear one thing in mind: No matter how good a security solution may be, it won’t be helpful if employees are incautious. For this reason, companies need to raise their employees’ awareness of how to securely handle data. When both people and software act in an optimal way, hackers will find little success.
*Source: SC Magazine