In a world where more people need to be connected, modern businesses are succeeding at improving their technology so that people can work from home. There are many good things about making work more flexible, but there is also a bad side to it.
The more you expand your IT operations to allow for remote capabilities, the more likely it is that someone will be able to get in. A lot of the time, employees use their own devices when they need to respond to emails or look at documents. They may also use company devices for personal things. People who work on their own terms are more productive, but it also increases the risk of cyberattacks.
When an employee works on their own network connection, they are bypassing many of the security features that are built into your company’s network. To make things even more difficult, every time an employee uses a new device, your company’s network grows. Many personal devices are not well protected, which is a dream come true for hackers.
If you want to improve your company’s overall security, let’s look at how you can use a modern approach to endpoint security to do that.
A list of things that endpoint security needs to work on
Endpoints are any device that connects to a company’s network, like a laptop or a tablet.
Laptops \sSmartphones \sTablets \sPrinters
Devices that connect to the network (routers, switches)
One of the biggest problems for modern businesses when it comes to endpoint security is when employees bring their own devices to work. In the past, organisations made rules about how employees could use or not use their own devices at work. These rules were called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Between working from home and having more access to the internet, these policies are no longer working.
The more you know about the problems that employee devices can cause, the better you can protect your company from them. LET’S GO IN.
In this case, the data was lost
When employees use their own devices, businesses lose control over how their employees use their cloud resources and what they can do with them. There are a lot of things that people do with their phones and tablets, like download sensitive documents from a cloud service. In the absence of advanced endpoint security or endpoint protection , your organisation would not know what happened to that information – and that’s a big deal!
When businesses can’t control or keep an eye on the flow of sensitive information, they put themselves at risk. For example, if spyware is on an employee’s computer, the document could be seen by someone else, which could lead to a data breach. If the organisation doesn’t pay very close attention to how that document is shared, the employee might leak the data or do something else with it that was not meant to happen.
People can work from home.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is likely to stay even though there is a risk of being infected. In fact, 80% of CEOs plan to let their employees work from home at least some of the time. The reason is simple: employees like it, and it can save money for the company. However, from an endpoint security point of view, there are a lot of things that could go wrong.
Even if employees work from home or “anywhere,” their devices will likely be able to connect to public and private wireless networks that don’t have the same level of security controls as the company network. This means that hackers only need to do a man-in-the-middle attack to get data or credentials. Without endpoint security, an employee’s trip to the local cafe could cost the company a lot of money.
Devices that can be used on the go
It doesn’t matter if businesses want their employees to use them or not. Mobile devices are here to stay. Malicious people know this because there is now a lot of malware for every type of mobile device. Unfortunately, many network security tools don’t take this new risk into account.
There are a lot of people at work who use their mobile devices every day, so they are more likely to get malware on them. if an infected device connects to a network resource, a malicious person would have a simple way to get into sensitive data and resources that an organisation doesn’t want them to have. When they get to that point, they can start with more advanced attacks, like ransomware.
Apps made by other people
Organizations can’t control what apps an employee has on their own devices. Unfortunately, third-party apps are a huge way for hackers to get into your computer. It’s been found that a lot of smartphone flashlight apps have malware, and free software that an employee downloads on their own laptop can have a lot of malicious apps.
A company can control what its employees install on their own devices, but even if they can, the apps can have risks that the company can’t control. For example, if an application has a new flaw, it might need to be updated with a security patch. If the organisation can’t control the device, there’s no way to make sure that the person who owns it installed the update.