How Important Endpoint Protection is for Businesses

October 12, 2016 | By Comodo

Today, when almost all businesses have gone digital, hackers and cybercriminals targeting businesses is just normal. There are great security issues that business would face if there are no good endpoint protection solutions in place.

PROBLEMS THAT BUSINESSES FACE WITHOUT PROPER ENDPOINT PROTECTION

The endpoint remains the weakest link for any enterprise network. A hacker can get access to an enterprise network through a weak endpoint. Malware can thus be introduced into the enterprise network, which would help the hacker in stealing corporate data or personal data from the systems in the network.

It would be very easy to get an unsuspecting employee to click on a malicious link sent to him via mail or chat. This is in fact very easy compared to breaking through a company firewall.
Endpoint devices too are a threat to the security of enterprise networks.  If endpoint and mobile devices are not properly secured, malware attacks can happen through endpoint devices and this could be avoided using mobile threat management solutions. Apps installed on endpoint devices too cause security issues to enterprise networks.

Human errors that happen at endpoints too cause security threats to enterprise security. This might include leaving systems unattended, having Dropbox or other external cloud solutions installed on systems (which ultimately would cease being under the IT staff’s control) etc.

SOLUTIONS FOR ENDPOINT SECURITY ISSUES

There are some very easy solutions that could work out as regards endpoint protection, for any company. Let’s take a look at some of them-

Have an effective device policy- This includes Device Use Policy, Application Policy, Network Access Control etc and also necessitates the need of having written and enforced Device Use Policy, especially if the company is big. Application policy is important and there should be restrictions on the usage and installation of applications. Network Access Control is for authenticating the usage of a company’s network.

Go for centralized monitoring- Proper, centralized monitoring of endpoints connected to the organizational network is important. This can be done by the IT department for bigger companies and by the IT manager or admin manager for smaller companies.

Go for good, trusted anti-virus solutions– This is one of the basic security measures that needs to be adopted. Use a trusted, effective antivirus software.

Adopt proper MAM strategies- With BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) being a norm in most companies these days, Mobile Application Management becomes very important as regards endpoint security.

Have proper Configuration Management System- This includes controlling devices attached to endpoints and monitoring the configurations of all these endpoint devices.

COMODO ADVANCED ENDPOINT PROTECTION

Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection software is highly effective in ensuring endpoint security. It helps keep malware away and also in Mobile Device Management and Application Management. It’s fast and effective and works with Comodo’s unique Default Deny Platform™. The highlights of Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection are-

Default Deny Approach
Comodo’s unique Default Deny Platform™ protects against zero-day threats. All untrusted processes and applications are automatically contained in a secure environment, allowing safe applications the freedom to run while denying malware the system access they require to deliver their payloads.

Application Visibility and Control
This helps gain enterprise visibility and control into what applications users are installing across Windows-enabled endpoints. Works with the new device management capabilities built into Comodo’s IT and Security Manager (ITSM).

Automatic Containment
Comodo’s Automated Containment Technology, built on Comodo’s Default Deny Platform, lets only safe applications to run on a network. Malicious applications coming from untrusted sources will run in isolation and won’t risk corporate data.

Behavioral Analysis
Comodo’s local, and cloud-based Specialized Threat Analysis and Protection (STAP) engine helps identify unknown software applications, quickly moving them to a verdict of known good or known bad. STAP has two layers- VirusScope and Valkyrie.

  • VirusScope- Analyzes application behavior and actions running inside or outside of containment, and leverages multiple techniques to determine malicious intents.
  • Valkyrie- Cloud-based STAP layer. Performs static and dynamic file analysis to provide an accelerated verdict on unknown files in the container.

Human Analysis
There is an option to send analysis to Comodo threat research experts who would return a verdict based on SLA timelines.

The Comodo Free Forensic Analysis for Businesses
Comodo offers businesses free forensic analysis for their endpoints. Thus businesses can schedule forensic analyses as and when needed and discover unknown files, zero-day malware and such other endpoint threats that are hiding in their endpoints and which could cause serious security threats and issues.

For more details on Comodo Free Forensic Analysis for Businesses- https://enterprise.comodo.com/freeforensicanalysis

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