Endpoint security is a growing concern for CISOs and their organizations. With the rapid, often uncoordinated expansion of organizations’ networks and the explosive use of mobile and IoT devices, companies’ attack surfaces are constantly spreading.

Additionally, the same technologies that drive innovation in the legitimate business world also enable cyber criminals to develop more complex, resilient cyber threats. To illustrate, research from the Ponemon Institute shows that the severity of malware attacks on organizations increased from 47 percent in 2011 to 76 percent in 2016. Moreover, 56 percent of surveyed organizations agreed that cyber attacks have become more challenging to detect and result in highly negative consequences.

Pitfalls of Conventional Approaches

Despite the fact that organizations have long been aware of the necessity for endpoint security, conventional approaches are no longer sufficient. According to top data security experts, some common pitfalls of conventional endpoint security approaches include:

  • Not applying endpoint security consistently to all endpoints. Endpoints aren’t just computers and laptops. They’re also servers, printers and smartphones—which are notorious for having subpar security measures. Some organizations don’t realize these devices are endpoints and don’t include them in their security strategies. Other organizations simply fail to deploy their security measures to each endpoint on their system, for lack of visibility among other reason.

  • Reliance on consumer cybersecurity software. Relying on employees’ personal cybersecurity software for laptops and smartphones demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of the sophistication of modern cyber threats.

  • Failure to deploy other tools. Even when endpoint security is properly deployed, it’s only one layer of defense — and that’s relatively easy for high-level malware to bypass.

3 Steps to Avoiding Endpoint Security Pitfalls

Cybersecurity experts predict that cyber threats will become increasingly persistent and resilient in 2017. That’s why organizations need new, effective strategies for the upcoming year. Follow these three steps to make sure your endpoints are adequately protected to weather the high-level threats ahead:

  1. Educate users about cybersecurity. Many cyber threats still rely on users opening attachments or clicking on links that activate a malware code that can subsequently work its way into your system. StaySafeOnline.org advises educating your employees about practices and policies that are crucial to helping keep your network safe.

  2. Practice good cyber hygiene. Develop a sound cyber hygiene strategy that defines and enforces user authorization privileges, requires strong password and multi-step authentication practices, performs patches and software/system updates on schedule—all geared to sustaining a cohesive security culture.

  3. Deploy layered security. Today’s cyber threats are multi-pronged, multi-layered attacks that are responsive and often persistent. The only way to effectively defend your system is to deploy a layered security strategy so that threats that slip through your first lines of defense are addressed at subsequent layers. At SpartanTec, we recommend a layered approach from our security partner. It’s an architecture that seamlessly connects security systems across the entire attack surface including all endpoints — protecting them with the same sophisticated, resilient defense mechanisms as the rest of the network.

SpartanTec, Inc. can leverage best-in-class cybersecurity technology to deliver best-in-class protection for all your endpoints. Contact us.