In order to really get a handle on endpoint security, you’ll need to understand what removable devices (like USB flash drives) and media (like CDs or DVDs) are connecting to the endpoints in your network and how they’re connecting. The more visibility and control you institute over devices, the better you’ll be able to control the flow of data on and off the network — thus preventing data breaches and the introduction of malware to the network infrastructure.
More importantly, in today’s BYOD (bring your own device) environment that has become de facto in the typical organization, this control has to be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of device types. Gluing USB ports shut isn’t even an option in the military anymore, so why would it be at your organization? Instead, it’s a matter of instituting a technology solution that can enforce policies, limiting how much data can be moved to and from devices, by whom, when and using what form factors.
Quick Tip: Enforce Encryption Across Endpoints and Onto Removable Media
In addition to controlling the flow of data, it also makes sense to control the state of the data. Too many data breaches occur because removable devices or media with clear text or unencrypted organizational data are lost or stolen. By utilizing and enforcing encryption of endpoint hard drives and removable devices / media, you’ll greatly reduce the chances of costly data breaches should those endpoints, devices or media get lost or stolen.
In this increasingly mobile world, today’s endpoint rarely remains confined in the office and behind the corporate firewall. The modern endpoint is moving. Whether it’s a laptop, tablet or a smaller device, they connect to corporate networks after plugging into hotel computers and coffee shop wireless connections. What’s more, these very mobile devices generally contain more sensitive, corporate data than ever.
Today’s IT department needs to protect these corporate endpoints as much as possible, preventing costly malware outbreaks and data breaches, and keeping the company name out of the headlines. This slideshow features five tips, identified by Lumension Security, Inc., to help even the busiest IT pro stay on top of endpoint security, even as the barrage of attacks intensifies.