Cyber criminals are often on the lookout for ways to steal sensitive information and compromise critical systems. Cyber attacks can come from a wide variety of web and email sources. These attacks aim to infect business endpoints. Recent research has shown that endpoints are the most vulnerable point for attacks. Not many respondents from that research have the means to readily and effectively deal with endpoint threats.
You should note that if an endpoint is breached, it is essentially “game over”. When compromised, they will turn into gateways for attackers to exploit networks and wreak havoc. Some of the most common endpoints in the workplace include routers, WiFi systems, point-of-sale devices, IoT devices, tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktop computers.
The Complexity of Mobile Technology
The Internet of Things, bring-your-own-device policies, and emergence of mobile devices have made endpoint protection a complex task. Without proper device management and complete patching coverage, companies will not be living up to security standards. It is important to note that IoT devices are simply not powerful enough to support legacy endpoint security. They are known to have the weakest protections.
Yes, it is true that more tools are being developed to help control the current extent of mobile use. However, extensive experimentation and testing must be performed to ensure compliance and to achieve one’s desired results. Organizations are encouraged to create stronger policies and implement layered security protocols to better mitigate shadow IT and enforce best practices.
The Problem of Undetectable Malware
The rate of malware creation is increasing by the day. Hackers are constantly learning from past mistakes to improve their attack techniques. It has been reported that there are over 320,000 new malware variants created on a daily basis. As if this piece of bad news was not enough, the 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon mentioned that approximately 99% of malware is only seen once before being modified by their creators again. This is one of their methods to evade detection.
Cyber criminals are now offering mass production of tailored cyber criminal services and malware. This has accounted for the significant spikes in malware distribution. As you can see, the worrying pace of emerging threats and them becoming increasingly sophisticated, continue to present major problems to endpoint security effort.
Next, the rise of malware attacks appearing as legitimate emails and files won’t slow down anytime soon. It is becoming almost impossible to patch all known endpoints to combat these emerging threats. There might not be sufficient resources and time available to release every possible patch. Heavy reliance on solely endpoint and antivirus solutions is not the answer either. This has placed IT departments in a tight spot, trying to protect important company assets from harm.
Start Adding Layers to Your Security Measures
You should aim to stop attacks at the source before your devices or systems are affected. Your security plan should comprise tools that help identify threats, prevent them from manifesting within your network, and allow you to recover quickly and efficiently from an attack. You can safeguard sensitive assets via a layered security approach. You can do so by using endpoint protection along with trusted messaging and web solutions. Also, your IT team must make sure that the layers run seamlessly alongside each other, notify owners about abnormal network behaviors, and effectively shut down any endpoint threats.