Manage and secure your endpoints by adopting smart, preventive security measures
Cloud computing, mobile devices, browser-based applications and the Internet of Things (IoT) have become indispensable to the way we work. Back in the day, transferring files to other departments meant sending them on thumb drives or via emails (which, frustratingly, never seemed to be able to support all file sizes). Checking your work email meant that...you were at work. The workplace today is so much faster and more agile than ever, which is a huge boon for productivity.
Obviously, remaining a viable player in essentially any industry today means adopting, and moreover embracing, these new trends. But it doesn't come for free; each additional device, uploaded workload and application expands what security types call “the attack surface”, or the amount of available points from which an attacker can infiltrate your network. With such rampant sprawl, it’s almost a given that attackers will be able to find one vulnerability or another. And often, the very same tools that companies use to manage their endpoints add to the noise and complexity, further hampering manageability.
The real key to getting an upper hand in this game of cat and mouse is to get a comprehensive and transparent view of all the endpoints on your network. This is a daunting task to say the least because it means ensuring all employees are on the same page in terms of device usage and practices, but the results will speak for themselves. Here are some tips to help curb endpoint sprawl and begin to view your varied endpoints as one unit:
As BYOD, the cloud, IoT and browser-based applications grow ever more prevalent, now is the time to take control of them before they become an untenable mess. Creating visibility and unity are the first steps towards a holistic, healthy and mature security posture.