Endpoint Security Management – effective management and control of internal network endpoints.
Every business that uses the Internet as a communication tool will understand that there is a certain amount of risk associated with it.
This is something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, particularly if they have expensive software and hardware installed. As a result, it is necessary to find a way of protecting your endpoints.
Endpoints are the devices that you actually use in order to communicate. Pretty much anything can be an endpoint, as long as it facilitates communication through the network. Examples of endpoints include smart phones, tablets, IP telephones and SIP phones. All of these need to be protected, but finding adequate protection can be difficult and as a result it is necessary to find something that you know you can rely on.
BYOD and the Dangers
BYOD is a new concept that is increasingly being used in a lot of businesses. Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, means that employees are allowed to bring their own devices into work. These devices will then be linked to the company’s network and will be used as a form of communication. It can however, be nerve-wrecking for any employer, especially considering the fact that smartphones and tablets could be infected with security issues. These security issues can get into your own network and will therefore put your entire system in jeopardy.
Some employers have gone so far as to place a total ban on BYOD. They do not allow their employees to actually use the network and instead provide them with strictly work-centered devices. While this is a good way of combating the dangers that BYOD can bring, it can also be an expensive solution and one that not everyone may be willing to fork out for. Setting up a list of guidelines is often a good idea. And ensuring that the guidelines are actually followed is important.
The Dangers of Modern Endpoints
One of the main dangers of modern endpoints, especially when it comes to BYOD, is that such devices are often the center of people’s lives. These are not just used in work. Smartphones and tablets are used at home for a variety of other things. People use them in order to watch movies or play games, as well as communicate with family and do online shopping. Many times, these devices will also contain a wide range of personal information. Links to various accounts can also be found on such devices. It may even be that a lot of these devices have been used in order to undertake illegal activities.
When these same devices are used in the office, the risks to your business are huge. Your IP address will be tracked and people at the other end may try to take advantage of that. People may try to hack your data, or harass other employees with unnecessary information.
Guidelines and Fool Proof Plans
In light of these dangers, especially with regards to malware, it is important to set up some kind of plan. This does not only involve the use of security software. A bit of common sense is also required by both employees and employers alike. Setting up a fool proof plan for protection, means making sure that all devices are scanned before they can be linked up to the system. It is also necessary to see if there is another, more effective option available instead of having to use BYOD. Should you lock out a BYOD device the minute your system senses certain activity? Checking and controlling from your server is a valid way of countering risks.
Setting up a plan like this means looking at all of the possible options and speaking openly with your employees. It may turn out for the best.
About the author
Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.