Endpoint security software enables businesses to protect devices that employees use for work purposes either on a network or in the cloud from cyber threats. If malicious code is sent from a third party that is responsible for the data transfer to the device, it is one step closer to reaching your customer’s device and the organization’s resources.
Additionally, the encrypted endpoint security software gives employees control over who can access their devices via their management software. In many cases, employees may prefer not to use their device when accessing work networks. This lack of control may pose a significant security risk for organizations.
Security (machine to machine)
Encrypted endpoint security software like Time Secure are integrated with security appliances (storage and management) which extend an organization’s security capabilities beyond the network and provide increased visibility into the environment and internal devices.
Some services like iSCSI (Intelligent Storage Connectivity) and Open Switch have significant security advantages over just installing antivirus software but implementing these services may be complex for a business. For example, this requires configuring permissions and access rights, configuring policies and enforcing them on each management point. Security appliances provide a modular approach to managing network and storage security. For example, one unit may work for all resources, a specific appliance may provide for remote management of some resources, a root CA might be required to forward suspicious traffic and various appliances can be customized to meet specific needs.
What Is the Problem with More Hacks?
Threat vectors can be grouped into four categories:
Intellectual property: If your organization does not protect its intellectual property assets, then you are opening the door for a host of nefarious attacks. Remember, a malware infection can leave behind a fairly innocuous program that is capable of accessing the system. This can come in the form of malicious code that is downloaded over the internet or if your device is compromised, the malware is able to upload a copy of itself to the network and take control of the machine.
Browser hacks: Although browsers are a common point of entry for security breaches, many users will continue to use unsecured browsers and programs that are not screened for security vulnerabilities. There are a number of ways for users to exploit their web browsing skills, including web worms, downloaders and hidden plugins that enable them to perform remote attacks. A malicious website or attachment, which might be downloaded from a hacker site, can be crafted to have a backdoor that can be exploited to obtain internal account information or make off with sensitive information.
Hacking Attacks: Unlike malicious files, breaches are often caused by breach of systems through bypassing security processes and incorrect configuration of devices. For example, a malicious web site may be found that contains a vulnerability that allows a malware program to be installed on the local device. In most cases, the external attacker’s initial breach will involve authentication errors and misconfiguration of systems, thus enabling the intruder to access system resources.
Communication: All vulnerabilities are ultimately vulnerabilities in system communication. An attacker can compromise a network by « hijacking » some type of data stream, which can be an email message or IP address, and tricking a device into providing its credentials to the attacker. On the network side, the hacker must establish an established network connection and capture a packet with malicious content in order to exploit a security flaw. By either running a specialized attack program on a user’s device or stealing network credentials, the hacker can gain access to privileged network locations, information, and resources.