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Endpoint Security: The Cornerstone of the Cybersecurity Puzzle

by VPNHaus | 12/17/2015 |Endpoint Management, VPN

 

Some enterprises occasionally fail to realize that many of the differing cybersecurity services available today aren’t optional add-ons but necessary, oftentimes critical, pieces of a complete security strategy. There are a suite of unique security protocols and services that all work together to protect a network and safeguard valuable business data from intrusion. Cybersecurity is a holistic process that requires multiple moving parts working in tandem; failure to do so could leave networks with painful vulnerabilities, not to mention wasted resources.

Endpoint security is one such critical piece of the cybersecurity puzzle. While it’s difficult to rank security systems in order of importance, it’s hard to imagine any of the other measures used to secure a network being functional without this one in place.

It works like this: Endpoint security is installed on a client/server and may be managed by a central server, or gateway, that runs a security program to verify a network device. VPN and anti-virus software installed on an approved system requires the user to comply with policies before accessing the network. Without the permissions, a user can’t get into the shared network.

Without this safeguard in place at the outset of network access, it’s hard to imagine many of the other potential security systems being fully capable of doing their job. Endpoint security is a proactive prevention method, while almost all other security systems are reactive, after-the fact measures.

Incident response, for instance, functions as damage control. If endpoint security isn’t in place, the likelihood of a data breach happening is higher all around. An incident response strategy can’t predict a security failure ahead of time, and once a breach occurs, it’s hard to quantify how much responsive measures can really recoup in terms of data or financial losses.

In the same vein, penetration testing simply evaluates security measures that are already in place. Threat intelligence may be a great resource for businesses that can afford the service, but it’s simply not as essential as guarding the gateway to your network.

A secure remote access VPN network is invaluable to enterprises, no matter their security budget, especially when you consider that the average gap between when a data breach occurs and when it is actually discovered is 200 days. Relying on reactive measures to guard your network will therefore give cyberthieves more than half a year to explore and exploit a network when, with endpoint security, the intruder could instead be stopped at the front door.

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