If you are unfamiliar with endpoint security, it refers to securing local resources such as software, applications, and operating systems that employees use on their devices. For companies that utilize remote employees, endpoint security is the last line of defense against cybercriminals trying to attack integral systems. It can be applied in a number of ways, usually by updating software and operating systems with anti-virus software, or installing network firewalls.
Patching critical software and operating systems can be very time consuming and make sensitive data and systems vulnerable to attacks. During that time a cybercriminal could exploit outdated software to gain access to your network and access valuable targets like administrator credentials, intellectual property, and even customer data. Ensuring that all of your browsers, systems, and apps are updated can put a stop to potential vulnerabilities.
Most of the time a data breach is going to occur because of stolen credentials, with most hackers gaining access through obtaining or even guessing passwords. Two-factor authentication (2FA) lessens the success rate of hackers immeasurably. 2FA requires two methods of proof that the user accessing the system is who they say they are before they gain access. For example, you have to log in with your username and password but then you would type in a code that was sent to your mobile device. This would mean that in the event your remote employee lost their laptop, or if their password was compromised, your onsite data would be safe and secure because anyone trying to access your information wouldn’t have the second part of your 2FA.
Monitoring Employee Devices
By monitoring your remote employees’ devices you can help boost productivity by making sure they are only using their device for work-related activity. But you can also ensure the security of your company’s important information. Monitoring gives you a glimpse into which applications your remote workers are using, how much time they are spending on different projects, but more importantly, you can receive better insights about where your employees are spending their time so that you can see whether they’re exposing your business to security threats. This also helps ensure that remote employees are adhering to your company-wide security protocols.