It would be hard to miss the recent news and announcements in regards to cyber security breaches for big businesses and organisations such as Medibank and Optus.
As the volume and sophistication of cybersecurity threats have steadily grown, so has the need for more advanced endpoint security solutions.
Endpoint security is something we can all do – from individuals, team members, IT specialists and leaders in an organisation – because we all use endpoint devices for our everyday use.
What are endpoints and why do they need to be secure?
Endpoints are the collection of computers, mobile devices, servers, and smart gadgets that make up your company’s network and IT infrastructure.
Each of those devices is a chance for a hacker to penetrate a company’s defenses.
Did you know? Research has shown that 64% of organisations have experienced one or more compromising endpoint attacks.
What can we all do to enhance endpoint security?
Protecting the privacy and data and information contained for our endpoint devices and systems is something that all of us can do, with the support of IT specialists and technicians.
Our very own Tom Clarkson offers the following solutions that are focused on the protection of endpoint devices.
Note: These protective actions are also things that can be adopted for personal endpoint devices that we use outside of work.
Address Password Vulnerabilities
Passwords are one of the biggest vulnerabilities when it comes to endpoints. Poor password security and breaches make credential theft one of the biggest dangers to cybersecurity. Address password vulnerabilities in your endpoints by:
- Training employees on proper password creation and handling
- Looking for passwordless solutions, like biometrics
- Installing multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all accounts
Update All Endpoint Security Solutions
You should regularly update your endpoint security solutions. It’s best to automate software updates if possible so they aren’t left to chance. Firmware updates are often forgotten about. But they are just as important for ensuring your devices remain secure and protected.
Apply Security Policies Throughout the Device Lifecycle
From the time a device is first purchased to the time it retires, you need to have security protocols in place. Examples of device lifecycle security include when a device is first issued to a user. This is when you should remove unnecessary privileges.
When a device moves from one user to another, it needs to be properly cleaned of old data and reconfigured for the new user. When you retire a device, it should also be properly scrubbed.
Prepare for Device Loss or Theft
Unfortunately, mobile devices and laptops get lost or stolen. When that happens, you should have a sequence of events that can take place immediately. This prevents company risk of data and exposed business accounts.
Get more endpoint security tips and information
Do you and your team need more tips and guidance when it comes to enhancing endpoint security?
Get in touch with Open Systems Support’s cyber security team members and IT specialists for an initial 30 minutes consultation.