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The combination of evolving security threats, limited security talent and the growing need for collaboration indicates that data protection rules must change too. (Shutterstock)
The combination of evolving security threats, limited security talent and the growing need for collaboration indicates that data protection rules must change too. (Shutterstock)
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A smart approach towards endpoint security

Security is a dynamic discipline, ever-evolving with the rapid developments in technology. It is crucial to look at solutions that are future-ready and can secure your organization not just today, but also tomorrow.

Organizations are warming up to the idea of giving flexibility to their employees to work from anywhere, pandemic or no pandemic. However, being able to crack the secret to secure endpoints is a herculean challenge, especially with the workforce operating remotely.

The combination of evolving security threats, limited security talent and the growing need for collaboration indicates that data protection rules must change too. A shift from traditional antiviruses to comprehensive modern security solutions are vital for preventing the booming number of threats that enterprises across the globe face every year.

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Now, before you create your cybersecurity strategy, here are 5 questions that you should answer to ensure you create a robust endpoint security plan:

1. Have you classified your data priority-wise and assigned value to it?

The first step towards understanding the importance of data is to subscribe value to it. Identify the current access points for all your data and classify it from highest to lowest priority. Develop clear policies and guidelines that define end-user data access, types of data and rules for its dissemination outside of the organization. While supporting workforce mobility you will need to understand the extent of endpoint coverage for deploying a secure encryption solution. A solution like Dell SafeData can enable your IT team to easily enforce encryption policies, whether the data resides on the system drive or external media and doesn’t require end user intervention.

2. What kind of devices are your employees currently using?

No matter how much you strengthen your network infrastructure, if the device itself presents a loophole, it can be exploited. In case an employee loses their device, do you have a proper recovery, tracing or data removal plan? Deploy integrated security features wherever available, especially as device refresh cycles arise. Dell Trusted Devices come with built-in protection provided on Dell Technologies’ commercial PC with Dell SafeBIOS. The BIOS is a critical component that should not be overlooked when thinking about endpoint security. With over 300 BIOS configurations possible, which may appear like normal administrative actions, an attack could easily go undetected. With Dell BIOS Indicators of Attack (IoA), attacks are identified and the IT administrator is alerted.

3. How aware is your workforce about cybersecurity?

All employees must understand why data security is critical at every level and how they are an important part of keeping it secure whether they’re on the clock or off. It is important for enterprises to conduct training for their staff about common and unexpected scenarios where data can be compromised. Employees must be taught how they can exhibit better security behaviors. However, no matter how much you reinforce the message, you can never be too sure. One careless behaviour could compromise your entire network.

To ease their burden on your employees and IT teams, modern business laptops can easily be equipped with fingerprint readers, smart card readers and facial recognition technology. Dell SafeID adds another layer to security with the help of an exclusive ControlVault security chip that stores end-users’ authentication credentials isolating it from other firmware. Dell Technologies’ innovative SafeScreen solution is also a great way to ensure your data is protected from snoopy eyes when your employees work at public places. The solution uses the backlight to narrow the endpoint screen’s field-of-view and maintain visual security.

4. What’s your threat detection and response plan?

As technology complexities grow, the challenge of identifying an impending attack grows even more. And what happens after the threat is detected? Enterprises today need to deploy advanced security mechanisms powered by AI and ML to understand risk patterns and detect malicious activity before it disrupts business operations. Dell Safeguard and Response powered by VMware Carbon Black and Secureworks gives you the power to analyze endpoint activity, adapt your prevention for emerging threats, and automate manual efforts across your security stack.

5. How do you plan to balance advanced security with productivity?

Overcomplicated security solutions can throw your employees off-balance and force them to find workarounds instead of complying to the set rules and procedures. To be productive, workers need easy-to-use solutions that help them get their work done. Look for a security partner that doesn’t force a trade-off. Dell Trusted Devices portfolio is designed to provide high-level of security while enabling end-users to work freely. By empowering your employees with secure solutions that are hassle-free, you can create a stress-free work environment that is cohesive, collaborative and safe.

Security is a dynamic discipline, ever-evolving with the rapid developments in technology. It is crucial to look at solutions that are future-ready and can secure your organization not just today, but also tomorrow. Dell Technologies’ security strategists and architects are continuously monitoring the changing needs of organizations as well as emerging threats. By building layers of defence, protection, detection, and recovery on top of the existing Dell Trusted Device foundation, Dell Technologies ensures it provides its clients the most advanced security solutions possible.

Know more about Dell Trusted Devices endpoint security solutions here.

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