Over the past several years, there has been a rapid increase in the use of end user devices in organizations. From laptops and desktops, to cell phones and tablets, the number of employees utilizing these devices to ensure they are always connected while traveling or away from the office has grown substantially.
Endpoint security is a technology that provides an additional layer in protecting computer networks from having malicious code downloaded from any source. It is widely known that the use of laptops, tablets, mobile devices and other wireless gadgets connected to corporate networks creates access paths for security exploitations. Cyber criminals are always looking for gaps and are more than willing to take advantage of them. The goal of endpoint security is to help ensure there are no gaps and that these devices maintain a level of compliance and standards that help protect a network’s sensitive data; data such as a customer’s private and financial information which can be devastating if in the wrong hands.
With the rise in the number of attacks, endpoint security has become more important than ever. It has been reported that more than 25% of mobile devices will get exposed to a network attack in any type of organization. In 2014 more than 1 billion records were breached and at least 37% of companies admitted that they were unable to see real-time visibility on cyber-attacks.
All devices connected to the network should be adequately secured to prevent breaches, which is why it is critical to have anti-malware /anti-virus installed. There are several products on the market that offer add-on options that control which executables can be run. Organizations need to ensure they are matching their needs to product features and performance. However, no matter what type of product an organization decides on, it is imperative that the software remains up to date and running the latest version.