Our Connected World: The Evolution of Endpoint Security
While technological advancements like mobile, cloud and virtualization have all enhanced the way agencies deliver on their missions, they’ve also created a much broader and more dangerous threat landscape.
With more and more devices and systems connecting to networks daily, the security conversation has changed dramatically. With every step toward innovation, we need also to be thinking about new vulnerabilities.
Traditional cyber security, where an organization defends against the perimeters of its network, fails to address the challenges of the modern workplace. The office has become a virtual space rather than a physical one, and that means data needs to be accessed everywhere, on every device.
Attacks on endpoints have risen dramatically over the years. According to the 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report, about 18.5 percent of all cyber breaches came as malware infections against devices, making it the most popular method for hackers.
Endpoint attacks have also gotten more clever at evading traditional security measures. A 2017 report by the Ponemon Institute says fileless attacks have risen dramatically. More than 40 percent of businesses in the United States were compromised by fileless attacks last year. Those kinds of incidents are ten times more likely to succeed than file-based attacks, the report says.
These statistics provide a stark picture for the federal government. Agencies need to implement advanced security technologies for all aspects of the network, from on-premise data centers to local area networks and externally connected computers.
According to Gartner, endpoint security solutions have evolved from merely preventing an initial infection to responding and learning from the incident. New solutions should be able to detect a security breach, contain it, investigate its origins and provide capabilities for recovery.
Beyond that, cyber security solutions powered by machine learning can actually make networks more resilient with each attempted attack. Software can learn expected behavior and immediately flag anything that doesn’t look “right” for that particular network. This means the more the tool is used, the more likely it is that breaches will be detected before they can do any damage.
Set-and-forget antivirus systems just don’t work anymore. The stakes are too high for the government to take that approach.
Iron Bow’s security experts work with agencies to develop cyber security solutions that meet the individual needs of your organization.
Our team performs a full network vulnerability assessment to better understand your organization’s weak spots. This includes examining how easy it is to perform unauthorized activity on the network, how staff detects and responds to incidents and whether the networks are compliant with federal cyber security regulations like the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Risk Management Framework.
For more info on how Iron Bow can help you with cyber security, visit our website.
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