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What to Look for in Endpoint Security & Protection Tools

28 February, 2019
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As more companies adopt new technology and supply devices to their employees for internal and external operations, they increase the number of endpoints they need to watch, manage and protect. Many business leaders recognize the importance of endpoint security and data protection—especially in the age of ransomware, cyberattacks and IT disruption—but with both big-name and lesser-known security providers flooding the market, it can be difficult to know the options available and the features needed to obtain the highest level of endpoint protection for a company’s specific IT situation.

To make things easier when it comes time to boost security in your endpoint environment, understanding some of the basic requirements and advanced protection features that the best solutions have will prepare you to make a great final decision.

Basic Requirements

The most effective endpoint protection comes from a solution that offers cloud-based capability and sufficient analytics integration while remaining easy to deploy and causing minimal system impact. Here’s what that would mean for your next endpoint solution:

Cloud-Based Capability & Analytics Integration

Almost every business tool is in the cloud these days, but it’s because of its heightened security and flexibility that the cloud has taken the business world by storm. Easy avenues to gather and review analytics are also of growing importance because business leaders and their teams recognize the value of well-used big data. Collecting information allows you to improve processes, monitor the safety and success of your business and develop informed plans for future growth. Working with a provider that offers an endpoint security tool based in the cloud with integrated analytics will bring you added benefits that let you run a smooth, streamlined and safe operation.

Easy to Deploy & Minimal System Impact

While it might be an obvious feature to have, remaining an easy tool to deploy is important for busy IT teams managing many endpoints. Endpoint security through Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is meant to make the lives of these professionals easier, reducing the number of touchpoints needed to control IT infrastructure to allow room for innovation over everyday endpoint upkeep. When a protection solution is both easy to deploy and causes minimal system impact, companies can implement enhanced security measures without hassle or downtime, pushing past competitors and preparing them for a more successful future sooner rather than later.

Key Protection Features

In addition to several basic requirements, your next endpoint protection tool should have features that address modern cybersecurity needs. This includes components that address network protection, viruses, spyware and more:

Network Attack Protection & Botnet Protection

Anti-malware or network attack protection helps to prevent cyberattacks in various ways, identifying and correcting vulnerabilities and managing network communication safely. Botnets are networks of computers that have been hacked or infected with malware. Network vulnerability assessments can help pinpoint the hardware and software underlying your company’s applications and data that are being left vulnerable to both network and botnet attacks.

Antivirus, Antispyware & Exploit Blocker

Antivirus and antispyware are important features crucial in any IT environment. Employing an exploit blocker is also key. This would monitor applications commonly used as venues of attack for malicious software and other cyber threats, such as email applications and internet browsers. Keeping track of the way a company’s applications are used, an exploit blocker can quickly identify abnormalities and possible threats to prevent data loss, damages and more.

Finding Advanced Endpoint Security

Unified Endpoint Management is a top endpoint security solution for today’s businesses because it also allows IT teams to abandon the issues associated with everyday efforts and instead make room for innovation and business growth. For more information on how UEM helps IT teams overcome some of the biggest roadblocks they face today while protecting complex endpoint environments, download the free eBook, UEM: Solving IT’s Top Challenges.

Are you ready to work with a trusted IT partner who knows their stuff? Speak with a team member from Dynamic Computer Corporation today to get started. Call 866-257-2111 or email us at info@dccit.com.

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