The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of sizable changes within the professional world. As people transition from traditional office spaces to remote work environments, it’s important to note the increased significance of security threats existing among users. Research suggests the recent 600% rise in cybercrime is a direct result of the pandemic.
With numerous data breaches and security threats looming from all directions—companies must manage potential threats and mitigate as many security vulnerabilities as possible. Since 70 percent of successful breaches start at an endpoint, it’s clear why the need for endpoint security is so critical.
What is Endpoint Management?
Endpoint management (EPM) is a risk detection, application deployment, and patching system where various hardware types (e.g. desktops, laptops, and servers) are controlled, and responses are actively managed. Endpoint management can operate as an on-prem, hybrid cloud-based, or public cloud-based offering. In this post, we are highlighting Hybrid cloud-based Endpoint Management – a solution that uses on-prem resources, cloud-driven automation, and is managed centrally via a variety of tools, often by an MSP.
The cloud-based tool uses centralized management, reporting, compliance automation, and deployment automation within the cloud. Whether it be on-premise or in the cloud— complete end-to-end management coverage can help companies with patching, app deployment, imaging for operating systems, firmware updates, and more.
Why is Endpoint Management Important?
Endpoint management provides full visibility into the status of applications, data points, and connections while also collecting data that helps to evaluate performance metrics and execute corporate policies across the company network.
EPM acts as a digital tether that limits business exposure while improving asset management. This can boost operational efficiencies, increase remote workforce productivity, and maintain security with the proper tools and management system in place.
Addressing Security Concerns
Open endpoints can become an easy target for hackers. As organizations have expanded their digital footprints using an influx of data—multiple cloud environments have enabled remote workforces to forfeit in-office security policies, in favor of the convenience of remote work.
Current policies allowing for remote work have expanded threat vectors. Over 55% of organizations have recently reported an increase in endpoint security risk, with potential problems looming at every turn. If one hacker infiltrates a single remote laptop, they can access an organization’s network, files, sensitive data and potentially paralyze the business.
In-house IT resources often do not have the capacity to protect every endpoint against security threats using the tools available at their disposal. Companies struggle to track, update, and secure all devices connected to business networks. Security concerns are often detected, causing access to be eliminated or disabled.
Organizations must do everything in their power to protect application functionality while limiting exposure to potential security risks. Managed service providers have the ability to integrate with customers’ existing CCM investments, transforming them into robust solutions that maintain security and boost productivity.
Obtaining a complete view of all endpoints is one way of improving visibility and asset management. Endpoint management can often detect issues in real-time, while responding to threats in a timely manner.
The ability to secure a variety of devices and operating systems creates a balance between management and access—mostly related to security and productivity. The employee experience will benefit tremendously from this form of enhanced digital scrutiny.
Corporate-owned and managed systems can be deployed to a distributed workforce. As employees add personal devices to the mix—each one must be incorporated into the safety of the network using corporate-approved policies, software, and security measures through automated, cloud-based processes.
Patches, imaging, and app deployment can be managed from a central platform as resiliency is built into the network using comprehensive management across the business. As a result—redundant tool functionalities can be identified and eliminated. Security is often embedded as an endpoint strategy that becomes increasingly more scalable with automation. Utilizing reporting and role-based profiles effectively allow users to control access to internal systems.
Endpoint management solutions are tied to business outcomes. Managed service providers incorporate the organization’s vision of security, technology, and operations into a solution that ties together availability, backup processes, and business continuity. Implementing endpoint management solutions helps address the challenges of unpatched endpoints, security risk, remote accessibility, deployment of applications, and remote shutdown of rogue or compromised accounts.
Using TBC as an Endpoint Management Provider
TBConsulting works closely with clients to identify security gaps, incorporate existing toolsets effectively, and monitor endpoint management devices, at scale. TBC is able to manage the programmatic ecosystem within the hybrid cloud for added visibility and reporting. If you’re interested in learning more about endpoint management within a hybrid cloud environment—be sure to register for our TBC Tackles Tech webinar on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
TBConsulting identifies the systems, workloads, data storage, and applications within your digital environment to optimize the path to optimization. We help businesses develop forward-thinking strategies to help secure valuable data and limit the risk of cyberattacks.
If you would like to learn more about how TBC can address current organizational needs, please schedule a 30-minute consultation with one of our security experts today!