There are all kinds of potential threats posed by a remote workforce, including the use of personal devices for work, the increased probability that remote employees will violate corporate security policies, and the fact that cybercriminals are taking advantage of the surge in remote work to exploit new attack vectors exposed by reliance on telework infrastructure. As a result, many organizations’ face the need to reevaluate their approach to endpoint security – to recognize the existing gaps and have a next generation endpoint security to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.
The COVID-19 pandemic transformed “business as usual” for many organizations. Companies that previously had no telework policy now have most or all of their employees working from home. To make matters more complicated, this switch to remote work happened suddenly, with little or no time for organizations to prepare.
As a result, many organizations’ cybersecurity strategies are not designed for a world of remote work and require significant updates to address the cyber threats posed by remote work. The traditional approach to cybersecurity, defending the perimeter of the enterprise network and trusting anyone inside that perimeter, is ineffective when the majority of an organization’s employees and network resources are now outside of this perimeter.
Currently, the endpoint is not widely considered an integral part of the enterprise security architecture despite the fact that the majority of cyberattacks originate at the endpoint. In the past, a significant percentage of these attacks could be detected and blocked as they passed through the enterprise network perimeter. With employees working from home without the benefit of these perimeter-based defenses, securing the endpoint is essential to securing the enterprise.
However, this need to significantly overhaul their security processes and procedures could not have come at a worse time for many organizations. The cybersecurity industry is experiencing a massive skills gap, meaning that many organizations lack the staff and expertise required to effectively protect against cyber threats. Additionally, many organizations are reliant upon a legacy, unintegrated cybersecurity infrastructure, consisting of many standalone systems that are difficult and expensive to monitor and maintain.
When developing a next-generation endpoint security strategy, following certain guiding principles is vitally important:
A remote workforce introduces more frequent and sophisticated threats to an organization’s cybersecurity. As a result, updating corporate security strategies based upon best practices for remote work security is an essential next step for many organizations.
An important part of this security policy redesign is acknowledging the increased importance of securing the endpoint. With employees working from home on insecure networks and lacking the protection of the corporate security platform, the probability of compromised endpoints grows significantly. Without a robust endpoint security solution, these compromised machines can be used as a stepping stone to target the enterprise network.
Check Point’s Harmony Endpoint advanced endpoint protection solution provides organizations with the tools that they need to protect their remote workforce.