Endpoint Security Suites: Bolstering Compliance and Security Standards for Enterprises

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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The cyber space has indeed transformed into an advanced medium of threats; facing attackers with new techniques and procedures for initializing new forms of attacks. Attackers are now using malwares and streamlined phishing procedures, specifically developed to bypass the traditionally deployed endpoint security controls. These formidable advancements have given rise to the disclosure of massive amounts of data in organizations, evoking business executives to reconsider and fortify their existing cyber security strategies. Even while enterprises have implemented enormous endpoint security solutions, they continue to address the existing endpoint security challenges such as shortage of skills and inefficiency of the IT infrastructure. Aiming to curb these challenges, organizations are effectively adding latest and highly systematic endpoint security controls. The new security controls will help to prevent, detect, and respond to all kinds of malware threats.

Additionally, large enterprises are incorporating endpoint forensics tools to effectively capture and analyze the security data in real time. They are also focused on integrating the endpoints, log data and network packets to enhance their security visibility and analyze these data with big data security analytics.

Vital Elements of Endpoint Security

To assist you in the quest for the best data security solution and to portray a deeper insight, we present you with the various components of endpoint security.

Endpoint Encryption

Endpoint encryption tackles and prevents issues such as data leaks caused due to intentional or unintentional transfer of confidential data to removable devices. The feature involves encryption of your enterprise data on laptops, mobile devices and all other forms of endpoints. Encryption also includes the individual files, folders and removable storage devices such as USB drives and CD’s.

Device Policies

Some organizations are small enough that they require minimum monitoring and control to maintain a certain level of security in their devices. But, most organizations ranging from medium to large in size need a specifically defined policy to employ systematic security protocols for their devices. This may not only include a written policy that their employees are supposed to follow, but also an enforcement element. Another security feature that has always been an issue for consideration in many companies is the implementation of a Data Leak Protection (DLP). DLP safeguards the company’s internal data from being effectively transferred outside. The process includes every aspect of enhanced security such as limiting access for external devices and, monitoring cloud storage transfers and emails.

Application Control Methodology

The application control protocol effectively averts the usage of unauthorized applications on the endpoints. By imposing certain usage rules, it restricts employees from downloading unauthorized or malicious applications which can easily give rise to vulnerabilities and may also invite unauthorized access to the network.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is another popular trend, which is strongly supported within enterprises nowadays. Recent practices involve employees being strictly restricted to use the company’s data on one device and the personal data on another. BYOD is an innovative concept that stages a considerable amount of control on what devices were effectively allowed to access the company’s resources; also offering a secure level of freedom.

Antivirus

Antivirus has been traditionally used for a long time and it has transformed by adopting enhanced security procedures to tackle the changing nature of threats. Apart from the functions of detection and protection of viruses, most vendors also include their antivirus solutions with effective protection against worms, phishing, trojans and numerous other threats that targets a group of devices.

The Network Access Control (NAC)

Network Access Control is another feature that can be widely incorporated on a company's network. With the NAC, devices must undergo an authentication session; validating its authority to get connected to the company’s network. Failing to pass this step, the device is not granted access into the company's internal network resources. Exceptionally, some enterprises also set a certain criteria for unauthorized access, which is only limited to the Internet and not the internal resources.

Considering the following points can help you implement a robust and successful Endpoint Security Suite:

Eliminating the Signature-based Detection Strategy

The current growth rate of malwares restrains the ability of endpoint security vendors to effectively identify and protect against numerous attacks using only signatures. This immense growth rate along with the vivid ranges of malwares has alleviated the efficiency of signature detection techniques, giving rise to the success of cybercrime. It is advisable to consider a solution vendor that excels in the art of handling the malware and safeguarding enterprise data and endpoints.

Don’t Ignore Documentation and support

Documentation and support are the two features that are often considered as less important. Reality states that products with the best documentation are easier to implement and troubleshoot the configuration issues. Furthermore, having an exceptional support from the vendor’s side cannot be ignored as most security administrators prefer to reduce the complexity of a problem and solve it as soon as possible.

Realize the Product’s Limitations

While adopting a new or replacing an existing endpoint solution, it is very crucial to understand the limitations of the product. You should always try to be realistic and realize the fact that no solution offers 100 percent protection against malwares or the latest kinds of threats.

Endpoint security solution providers are constantly trying to upgrade its services, focused on meeting new demands. Endpoint happens to be the only method of accessing a company's resources. But, many factors reduce the ability of IT professionals to gain a secure access into a company's devices and resources. Any InfoSec security strategy would remain ineffective without a robust endpoint shield, along with the rules that invites other access points to join the network. Only by adopting a highly planned and systematic approach, use of innovative tools, and employing highly skilled information security technical staff, implementation of security suites can be made easy.