Many companies overlook the security of hardware making it a vulnerable entry point for attackers. Efficient endpoint management needs to be top priority
The dangers of the increasing cyberattacks demand faster and more efficient security strategies from IT leaders. A recent Netwrix report indicates that 85 percent of companies claim to have eliminated their regular security protocols to assure smooth and safe remote working. As a result, 63 percent reported an increase in the number of cyberattacks.
Yet another study published by Micro Focus revealed that around 45 percent of companies state that the security threats are mainly due to the volume of ill-managed hardware devices. Unsurprised, experts agree that in the era of cloud-based applications, most companies neglect the security of hardware. Endpoint management can be the key to the problem.
Although considered to be tedious and time-consuming, endpoint management might be the required security strategy. The main reason for this cybersecurity solution is that bad actors assume that hardware is not configured and maintained well generally, making it easy to exploit. Experts believe that one of the many cyberattack techniques to attack a corporate network is through a piece of misconfigured hardware or a device without a downloaded patch to shore up vulnerabilities. By the time the organizations realize the threat, it is too late.
2020 Cost of a Data Breach report by IBM demonstrates that it takes a company an average time of 207 days to identify the breach and 73 more days to neutralize it. However, as the research was conducted a little before the peak period of the pandemic, follow-up research revealed that the numbers were much higher. Additionally, 76 percent of executives affirmed that remote working made it harder to respond to threats.
Endpoint hygiene, on-demand system checks, and health checks can eliminate the frequency of breaches and help identify occurrences. Many companies hesitate to comply with health checks as it can be a strain on the company network even with good speed. With remote working, it gets more difficult to perform scheduled check-ups due to the bandwidth constrictions.
Industry leaders find VPN solutions to be under strain during the pandemic period. This is one of the reasons why cloud migration became a rapid trend. The move offers several benefits yet they do not protect actual endpoints. Experts suggest the use of an endpoint management solution with the capability of rapid scalability without affecting network performance.
Addressing thousands of endpoints, advanced peer-to-peer solutions can analyze configurations of endpoints and fix problems without affecting bandwidth. Their innate natures allow continuous compliance at a massive scale. Being able to achieve this without throttling user experience is considered to be a game-changer, especially in the remote working system.
Getting skilled workers to execute this endpoint management is the bigger challenge. According to Sumo Logic’s 2020 State of SecOps and Automation report, over 1000 security alerts are received by 56 percent of brands every day, making it a harder task to address security issues in time. The report also indicates that 75 percent of executives believe they require three more analysts.
Another study by Osterman research reflected that six in 10 organizations are concerned about the lack of candidates for cybersecurity jobs, and it takes months to find a good candidate. To fill in the gap, experts recommend the immediate use of automated solutions, such as no-code that can tackle over 70 percent of security issues.
Experts warn companies that network security will become more complex in the near future. Endpoint management with effective solutions and minimal negative impact should be a top priority.