When undergoing a digital transformation, most businesses focus heavily on their server infrastructure and network. While they are important, the devices that your employees use to connect to this infrastructure also need attention.
An endpoint is defined as any remote device that interfaces with your network. These could include workstations, laptops, smartphones and point of sale (POS) systems. For businesses, the focus of endpoint Management is controlling the computer hardware, so employees can perform their work while maintaining security standards at the end of your network.
Each endpoint is a potential door into your network for attackers, making it essential that you maintain high-security standards on the devices.
With enterprise IT security, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Many IT departments emphasize on securing their servers and network but forget about the remote devices that interface with it. This IDC infographic says that 70% of successful data breaches occur on endpoint devices, with the weakest link being user credentials. Some of the ways in which attackers obtain these user credentials include:
While user credentials are the primary cause of data breaches, outdated software also poses a risk to your network. By managing your endpoints, you can automatically push software updates and restrict network access for non-compliant devices.
Operating system updates are challenging to implement as the employees are unlikely to sit patiently and wait for updates to install. Usually, they just keep postponing the updates and continue to work, as update after update is left pending on the machine. Over the course of a few months, these machines could become increasingly insecure, posing a risk to your network.
You can disable network access for outdated hardware using endpoint management, forcing the user to update the device before they can continue working. This is typically done using the remote authentication dial-in user service (RADIUS) enterprise networking protocol.
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