3 Steps to Guide the CIOs to Adopt Endpoint Security

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, September 26, 2019

Endpoint SecurityEndpoint security provides the modern business models distinct network security and enterprise data monitoring benefits. The following steps will enable you to understand the crucial steps required to adopt endpoint security.

FREMONT, CA: Endpoint security refers to a server or client information security (IS) methodology to shield a corporate network through emphasizing on network devices (endpoints) by monitoring their activities, status, authorization, software, and authentication. Security software can be installed on any endpoint device along with network servers. This software comprises of antivirus, firewall, antispyware, and a host intrusion prevention system (HIPS).

With new technological advances, there has been a transformation in endpoint security as well. The security elements are now comprised of intrusion protection and prevention and behavior blocking software for monitoring activities of endpoint devices for unsanctioned applications or malicious intent. Some of the complicated endpoint security programs emphasize on user device authentication. When a user tries to log in, the program validates the credentials and scans the device for compliance with corporate policies. This may involve a scan for unauthorized software, antivirus software, an updated virtual private network (VPN), an approved operating system (OS) and mandatory corporate software. This is called network access control (NAC) that is utilized to fuse many elements of endpoint security technology.

This latest approach to security consists of three important steps:—

Even unknown malware can be detected

Cybercriminals are constantly in search of new ways to frame more complex and hard to detect malware. Threat emulation or sandboxing is one technique of protection which is generally utilized to deal with such type of scenarios. Suspicious documents are intercepted as soon as they approach and are evaluated in an isolated area (the sandbox). If the file is found suspicious, it is blocked immediately. Thus, sandboxing has helped in a dramatic increase in detection potential; however, it needs high computing power from a tradition PC or laptop, which undoubtedly has an impact on the experience of the user.

Intelligent Sandboxing

It is now possible to eradicate many kinds of contamination. It can be on the one hand, by supposing that every file is attached to an email; or every downloaded item might be contaminated;

and on the other side, by eliminating all the possible threats before they can reach the user. This process is known as threat extraction where by using only the secure elements, documents are reconstructed; while all the content that seems to be suspicious is removed. Finally, after a few seconds, the user can have access to the cleaned file, and he/she can utilize it immediately without any interference of the detection process with his work.

Then, the original file is transferred to a smart sandbox environment which is configured in a private or public cloud and where it is possible to analyze it in detail. If the document turns out to be completely free of contamination, the user is allowed to download it. This smart approach does the job of minimizing the computing and processing power much needed by the access equipment simultaneously offering optimal security against threats to email attachments; downloads, or duplicated data from external storage devices.

Automated Analysis

Even after detecting the attack at an early stage, it is mandatory of the CIOs to comprehend the nature of the attack. They need to ponder upon the way the attack has occurred and the damage it might have caused within the organization. However, it is difficult to make this kind of analysis of the security incidents because of the ecosystem of access equipment within the enterprise being too complicated. It is generally hard to determine the origin of the event as well as the possibility of precisely describing the complete cycle followed by the attack and the harm done by it.

To analyze these events, it is vital for an access equipment security solution to monitor the data of the attack continually; this will help in revealing the origin as well as the scope of the event. The latest techniques of manual control are very long and laborious to applied during every event of the attack. On the other side, the combination of automated incident analysis and detailed reports can assist the IT teams in understanding the entire cycle of the attacks and promote the remediation of a contaminated network. The integration of advanced threat prevention in the automation of attack-related data collection and evaluation can help the enterprises to shield both systems of users and their network cored without hindering operations.

These steps, if followed correctly, can benefit the CIOs to run their enterprise in a smooth way and keep its system safe from malicious threats.

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