Network specialists and hackers have different views of endpoints. In essence, endpoints are devices that connect to networks; network specialists see them as gateways while hackers see them as potential targets. When it comes to information security, experts see endpoints as both targets and gateways, and this is the view you should adopt as a High Desert business owner.
WHAT IS ENDPOINT SECURITY?
The first step in understanding endpoint security is to identify all the devices that can access your network. Endpoints can be workstations in your office, network printers, webcams, smartphones, tablets, VoIP phones, and any devices used by remote workers to access your company’s network. The more endpoints you have, the larger attack surface you present to hackers. Moreover, when a single endpoint is breached, your entire network could be compromised.
The reason each endpoint presents a potential risk is because hackers have developed multiple threats for every device. Any smartphone with an email app, for example, can be targeted by phishing attacks. A zero-day exploit can be used to attack the firmware of an old router that is no longer supported by the manufacturer. A webcam that still uses the default username and password combination provided by the manufacturer when purchased is an easy and irresistible target for just about any hacker. A spoofed router can transform a wireless network into a dangerous man-in-the-middle attack center, whereby all your network traffic can be intercepted.
SECURING LOCAL BUSINESS NETWORKS
There are numerous strategies that can be applied to secure your endpoints, and they all start with a security audit of your network. After an audit, many business owners are surprised to learn about the number of unprotected endpoints that regularly connect to their networks. Another surprise is when companies realize that the legacy antivirus software installed on their endpoints does not protect them against certain threats.
Securing your endpoints should be a business priority at a time when enterprise cyber threats are at an all-time high. At Sonic IT Systems, endpoint security is something we take very seriously. Contact one of our network security specialists today to schedule an audit.