Perimeter Security vs. Endpoint Security
4.1 billion – that number signifies the number of records that were exposed by data breaches in the first half of 2019. That number is scary for every business. It often feels like the Good Guys simply can’t keep up with all of the techniques that hackers come up with.
As technology advances, users expect more mobility. Customers want to be able to access their customer data from their smartphones. Workers check emails and complete tasks from laptops in hotel rooms. More data is stored in the cloud with the goal of reducing strain on physical resources like desktop computers. While beneficial in many regards, these trends can put your company at risk for a data breach.
Using the cloud or allowing remote access requires a different approach to network security. It’s never been more important to be educated about the difference between perimeter and endpoint security.
Perimeter Security: The Security You Know
Most companies do a pretty good job of perimeter security because it’s the type of security that mattered the most once upon a time. It’s about setting up your perimeter so that people from outside your network can’t get in and access your data.
In the past, a vast majority of employees worked in an office space, so the IT team only had to concern themselves with setting up this security around a single physical location. Customers may have been allowed into the network to utilize specific services, but they wouldn’t have access to any of the company’s private data (such as the things you’d find in shared folders or other user’s data).
Perimeter security is still important, but companies need to expand their ideas of the perimeter.
Endpoint Security: The Biggest Risk Right Now
Endpoint security is the security you have on the user’s end, whether attached to a smartphone, a laptop, or even the Internet of Things. Those who don’t have a deep knowledge of network security might assume that as long as an employee is signing into the company network using their login information that everything they do is secure.
This isn’t necessarily true. Internet usage from other access points such as a hotel or the employee’s home simply isn’t as secure in general.
Furthermore, 39.7 percent of users never or only sometimes use the company’s cybersecurity protocols when accessing the system remotely. That really opens the company up for attacks.
The Solution: Defense At Every Point
Companies must keep their data secure, especially when that data is sensitive customer information. The key to doing this is to make sure that you have security measures in place wherever users may be accessing your data. You need to have strong perimeter security, but you need to have strong endpoint security as well. Carefully looking at how your employees and your customers connect to your services can show you what you’ll need to do to create a more secure environment.
At Elevate Services Group, we provide IT solutions that protect your company’s information assets. We can personalize your security so that it’s the right fit for your company’s needs. Talk to us today to set up a meeting to learn more about our unique approach.
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