Connectivity is the key in today's enterprise IT environments. Endpoints must be able to connect to the corporate network and corporate clouds at any time and, in many cases, from any location—and corporate-owned laptops and desktops aren't the only endpoints in play anymore, especially in “bring your own device” (BYOD) environments. But with increased connectivity comes increased risk. These days, a compromised machine means more than just trouble for the end user to whom it belongs. One infected or infiltrated endpoint can bring an entire network down or result in a catastrophic data breach that impacts the entire organization. Here are three tips to help you build the perfect endpoint security solution for your customers.
1. Antivirus is just the beginning
Endpoint security is more than antivirus and malware protection. In many cases, garden-variety viruses and malware are the least of an enterprise's concerns: even free Web browsers deal with such threats handily, identifying suspicious websites and blocking users' access to them. Businesses must worry more about targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs), which are often far more difficult, if not impossible, for legacy endpoint security solutions to detect. Look for solutions that leverage large threat intelligence databases and proactive, predictive file and behavioral analysis in order to pinpoint suspicious activity and stop zero-day exploits and targeted attacks in their tracks.
2. Choose the appropriate add-ons
Security threats can come from just about any place and target just about any machine, so consider your customers’ needs carefully and choose add-ons that fit. Optional endpoint security modules that add features such as email and Web filtering, data center server security, and a variety of encryption options provide additional layers of security that will pay for themselves in the protection they deliver. The more layers an endpoint security solution provides, the safer your customers will be against attacks, no matter where they originate or what the attackers hope to achieve.
3. Make sure your customers' IT departments can handle the task
As the complexity of enterprise data environments grows and enterprise endpoint security solutions expand to address those complexities, the demands placed on the IT department's shoulders grow heavier. Even the most automated endpoint security solution needs human interaction to set policies, enforce them, and attend to security alerts and other issues. Unfortunately, not every organization's IT department is as well-staffed as it could be. Look for a solution that simplifies management, policy-setting and enforcement, as well as tasks like remote administration and device control.
The perfect endpoint security solution will be different depending on your individual customers' needs and budget, but no matter how large or small the business you're working with, the above principles remain the same. Keep them in mind, and learn more about building the perfect endpoint security solution to protect your customers' systems and data by speaking with an Ingram Micro Networking and Security specialist today.