Most organisations struggle to keep up as new technologies emerge and are introduced to their network by their users. These new technologies also introduce new threats to their organisation if a strong security policy is not enforced at the endpoint. Endpoint security is an approach to network protection that requires each device on a corporate network to comply with certain standards before network access is granted. It is form of DLP (data leakage prevention) solution designed to protect PCs from threats posed by removable media such as USB drives, CD-ROM, iPods, MP3 players, smart-phones, tablet PCs etc. What a user accepts as suitable may not necessary be suitable to your organisation due to the threats it poses.
Endpoint security policies can be written to enforce security at the endpoint protecting the device and private network. For instance, a policy may be defined to block, allow, enable read only access or to encrypt a specific type of media device. If a user needs to gain access to the private network, policies can be defined to ensure that the endpoint machine has an updated anti-virus before granting network access. Offline policies can also be
enforced for your users who need to work away from the office to ensure maximum protection.
There is another threat to an organisation should an employee lose their laptop. Sure they can easily recover
by purchasing a replacement, but they may never recover should their corporate data fall into the wrong
hands (hackers, thieves and scammers). The ideal solution to such a scenario is to have the entire hard disk
encrypted with pre-boot authentication. This means that even if the laptop ends up in the wrong hands, they
won’t be able to bypass the pre-boot process due to the authentication enforced nor would they be able to
access data on the hard disk due to its strong encryption. AchRock consultants are experts on large scale
deployment of endpoint security solutions that integrate SSO (single sign on) to simplify log in.