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Endpoint Security

Sharp Endpoint security secures and safeguards your business data by protecting end-user devices when they access your business network.

Endpoint security

High profile data breaches experienced by tech giants such as Virgin Media, Facebook, and EE demonstrate that cybercrime can happen to any company, regardless of how big their security budget is, with most attacks occurring due to a lack of training, or human error. 

Now that remote working has become the norm, 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. 

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What is an endpoint? 

An endpoint is any device used to access or communicate with your IT network. Common types of endpoint are:

  • Laptops 
  • PC’s and Macs 
  • Smartphones  
  • Printer devices that store data  
  • Servers 
  • Virtual environments 
  • IoT (Internet-of-Things) devices 
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Why is endpoint security so important? 

Cyber threats are increasing year on year. 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 is markedly worse with less capital resources to rely upon.  

There are two main reasons for prioritising endpoint security solutions and physical devices: 

  • Companies want people want 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 their 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 cafes 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 solutions (such as routers and firewalls), remote working is inherently less secure than a centralised workplace environment. 
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Sharp’s endpoint security service 

With our Endpoint Security service, your devices are protected and monitored with award-winning IT support 24/7. Malicious activity is detected before malware can be deployed, giving you peace-of-mind that your endpoints are monitored and secure, no matter where your teams are working. 

  • Threat detection and remediation- Our EDR solution (Endpoint Detection and Response) uses AI to monitor endpoint and network activity. It reviews user behaviours and records all activity for future analysis and , reporting. Our EDR security service provides network and device control, allowing you to restrict the use of removable storage devices (e.g. USB sticks) and pre-defined apps.
     
  • Security Operations Centres (SOC)- Security monitoring requires human intervention to analyse any threats that have been identified. Our Security Operations Centre (SOC) will examine your endpoint alerts 24/7, so that you can focus on your core business functions. Malicious behaviour will be stopped and quarantined to protect the rest of your network, and a member of the SOC will take the appropriate action.
     
  • Threat Coverage- Using the latest behavioural and AI technology, suspicious activity is picked up in real-time. It doesn’t matter where your staff are working - from the office, their home, and airport or café - your data is protected.
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Endpoint security - terms explained 

Endpoint Detect & Response EDR vs anti-virus. What’s the difference? 

Traditional anti-virus solutions operate on the premise of “scans, detects and remove”. EDR goes one step further by tracking, monitoring, and analysing data on endpoints to provide a more sophisticated set of countermeasures.

What is an SOC? 

The SOC (Security Operations Centre) are a team of information security specialists who are responsible for monitoring and analysing security information.  

What is a zero-day attack? 

A zero-day attack is an unknown security vulnerability that cyber criminals exploit to gain access to systems and data. Such attacks will not be picked up by anti-virus alone and usually require specialist preventative measures.

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Other cyber security services

Total endpoint security is just one way of protecting your business against cyber- crime. A multi-layered approach to cyber security is the recommended response. Here are some additional services that you need to consider:

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Firewall protection

We’ll install software on all your physical and virtual assets to flag up suspicious behaviour. All alerts are monitored by a dedicated local team of technicians. Suspicious behaviour will be acted on immediately, and with the necessary updates implemented as soon as any firmware upgrades are released. 

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Email security 

Managed email security solutions detect threats that traditional email protection systems cannot, by integrating with Exchange Online. Artificial intelligence will detect malware hiding within emails sent to and from your business before they become a problem. 
 

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Cyber Essentials  

The Cyber Essentials scheme is a framework devised by the UK Government which contains universal IT and technology security standards. We can help your company achieve the basic (Cyber Essentials) and advanced (Cyber Essentials Plus) certifications.