What is Endpoint Security?
Endpoint Security is the practice of which protecting the various network-connected devices that are used within your organisation.
Cyber attacks in the UK are on the rise and recent figures highlight that cyber crime can happen to any organisation, regardless of size, sector, or how big their cyber security budget is, with most attacks occurring due to a lack of training, or human error.
Firms are being urged to prioritise device security in their annual IT plans, but the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey claims that organisations are failing to protect their physical assets and devices with 26% of medium businesses and 37% of large businesses experiencing cyber crime in the last 12 months.
With flexible working becoming the norm within many organisations, you need to ensure a high level of cyber security protection and monitoring across all your endpoints. Cyber threats are evolving rapidly with cyber criminals adapting to and taking advantage of the new ways in which, we’re working. From phishing emails to malware, we are seeing criminals take advantage of the fact we are not all in the office and cannot turn to our colleagues or IT team for advice or to confirm an email or link is safe.
With Endpoint Security Solutions from Sharp, you have peace of mind that your devices are monitored and secure no matter where your teams are working.
Complete Endpoint Security
Our Complete Endpoint Security provides tried-and-tested Anti-virus & Web Protection products to suit every business. These solutions can be seamlessly applied across all your devices, eliminating the need for a standalone alternative, and saving you on cost and complications.
Managed Anti-virus & Web Protection deliver best-in-class security against the growing risks of both local and web-based viruses and malware and these options can be easily integrated into our comprehensive Endpoint Security Solution.
While safeguarding your servers is crucial, it's equally important to protect the PCs and laptops used by your team to access vital business data. With Complete Endpoint Security, we can effectively monitor and secure critical aspects of your end-user devices, ensuring the safety of your valuable company data against potential threats.
Features and benefits
Endpoint Security oversees the Anti-Virus protection on each endpoint device.
IT Asset Tracking:
Keep tabs on the age, specifications, serial numbers, and model details of all your IT assets.
Execute updates for Windows and selected third-party applications on a pre-scheduled, automatic basis (patch management).
Cyber Security Risk Assessment:
Collaborate with your Technical Consultant to generate a comprehensive Cyber Security Risk Assessment report. This report empowers your business to showcase it’s compliance efforts and strategise on future cyber security initiatives.
Compliance and Security Measures:
Our Compliance and Security module automatically implements recommended security configurations. We can further customise settings, such as disabling USB storage device usage, across all endpoints while ensuring protection is reinforced every 5 minutes.
Endpoint History Analysis:
The reporting feature illustrates the performance history of all endpoints, allowing your business to demonstrate its dedication to securing data. It's crucial to showcase commitment, not just action, especially concerning GDPR compliance.
What is an endpoint?
An endpoint is any device used to access or communicate with your IT network. The aim of endpoint Security is to prevent and mitigate cyber security risks by safeguarding these entry points into your network. Common types of endpoints within organisations are:
How does Endpoint Security work?
With the rise of mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and remote work, the number and diversity of endpoints in a business environment have increased significantly. Each of these devices represents a potential entry point for cyber threats, making endpoint security essential to protect against attacks.
The adoption of remote work policies has blurred the traditional network boundaries. Employees now access sensitive business data from various locations and devices. Endpoint Security ensures that these endpoints are secure and adhere to security policies, even when outside the corporate network perimeter.
Malware, including viruses, ransomware, and spyware, continues to be a prevalent threat to businesses. Endpoint security solutions deploy antivirus and anti-malware tools to detect and neutralise such threats before they can cause harm.
Not all security threats come from external threat actors. Insider threats, whether unintentional or malicious, pose a significant risk to businesses. Endpoint security solutions help you monitor user behaviour and identify potential anomalies or suspicious activities.
Cyber criminals often discover and exploit software vulnerabilities before developers can release patches. Endpoint security solutions can detect and block zero-day exploits and prevent attackers from exploiting these vulnerabilities.
Many industries are subject to specific data protection regulations. Endpoint security aids businesses in maintaining compliance with GDPR standards.
Endpoint security solutions provide continuous monitoring of devices, enabling the early detection of potential threats and immediate response to security incidents.
Why is endpoint security solutions important?
Cyber threats are increasing year on year with the government estimating that across all UK businesses, there were 2.39 million instances of cybercrime in 2023 alone. From phishing emails to intrusive malware, criminals are taking advantage of remote working environments and unsuspecting staff members. The phenomenon is not limited to large enterprises - small and medium-sized organisations are also in the firing line, where the consequences of business downtime, fines, or reputational damage are markedly worse with fewer capital resources to rely upon.
There are two main reasons for prioritising endpoint security solutions and physical devices:
Companies want people to work smarter, and faster, to increase their productivity. This has led to an exponential rise in BYOD (bring your own device) workplace policies, each with its own levels of protection. Ensuring those endpoints are secure has never been so important.
An unprecedented increase in the number of people working from home, remotely in cafés or hotels, or on the go means that business data is being accessed from a diverse array of networks and Wi-Fi connections. Without the benefit of on-premise endpoint security solutions (such as routers and firewalls), remote working is naturally less secure than a centralised workplace environment.