IT personnel are well-versed in identifying risks and developing an airtight firewall and encryption practices that prevent cyberattacks that threaten critical databases. Without an endpoint security strategy in place, it’s possible to have a gap in one of the main areas of vulnerability: human users.
Companies know the value of human resources, but IT departments often find out the risks they present. Employees may make one great decision after another, but a single lapse in judgment and a click on a phishing email could bring a company under attack. Employees often throw open the doors to a virus without intending any harm. If the company does not have endpoint security, risk associated with the human element are inevitable.
Awareness is the first defense. Unfortunately, some of the riskiest humans in a company are right in the IT department. If an administrator with unlimited access to systems opens a phishing email, the entire company can potentially be impacted by a virus.
Organizations can combat this problem by creating a culture of awareness. Training is helpful in teaching users to avoid phishing emails or infected files. Training scenarios with simulated email exchanges are effective in educating employees on how to recognize a phishing email or a compromised file.
One of the challenges of this approach is that it can be difficult to keep pace with the rate of change among cyberattacks. For instance, teaching employees to only open files from a trusted source can be complicated when hackers use the names of trusted sources in their emails, or when an employee shares a file that turns out to be infected.
Unfortunately, antivirus software and awareness training can’t combat this kind of attack. Employees can be fully trained on the types of emails they should avoid, but they still may download an infected file from a trusted colleague. Companies need something more to protect themselves.
Endpoint security offers another layer of protection. There needs to be protection that fills the gap between firewalls and antivirus software. Endpoint security focuses on anomalies that indicate a compromise in areas like memory or processor activities, shutting down those processes to prevent infiltration by a cyberthreat.
This strategy offers better protection by eliminating the potential for human error. Endpoint security doesn’t require the manual processes and decision-making that come with traditional antivirus protection, such as running a scan or mapping out problems.
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