Successful CISOs Know That Investing In Endpoint Security Is Only The Beginning

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jan 06, 2017 10:00 am PST

                                        Successful CISOs know that investing in endpoint security is only the beginning

Organizations’ security perimeters are evaporating.  Tablets, smartphones, laptops, and other mobile devices allow employees the flexibility to essentially work from anywhere – while simultaneously increasing the risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches. According to a recent study from Trend Micro, endpoint security is rated a critical IT priority by more than half of organizations.  With endpoint being such a fickle barrier between sensitive information and the world at large, it takes a new kind of defensive strategy to fortify the gaps.

Unfortunately, there is no one technology solution to keep an organization’s endpoints secure. It’s often more beneficial to implement a multilayered approach to security, allowing for the detection and prevention of data loss, malware, advanced threats, network based threats and all the unknown threats that are now being developed.  While security teams may have the right intent and some of the necessary tools, if they lack the proper training or simply don’t have enough hours in the day to effectively manage and analyze these vast and often complex solutions, the security technologies they’ve purchased will fail. This leaves companies struggling to maximize their return on investment (ROI), while also leaving their organization increasingly susceptible to cyber threats.

Issues to consider when operationalizing end-point solutions

  • Does your existing team have the manpower or hours needed to continually evolve the technological solutions you’ve purchased? Is your operations team effectively strengthening your security policy?
  • Does your team have the necessary knowledge and skillset to fully interpret the data provided by these solutions?
  • Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, typical “work hours” no longer exist. Do you have a solution that ensures your endpoints are being monitored 24/7/365?
  • Is more technology the answer? Have you fully optimized the technology you have?

If you have a managed security service provider, do they offer custom content tailored to your specific environment and threats? Will they work directly in your environment, alongside your established team of security professionals?

How Co-Management Will Help Secure Your End Points and Relieve Your Employees

Co-management experts work with organizations to tune and optimize endpoint security technologies, providing security teams with an ever-improving 360-degree view into their own environment. No business is the same – even within the same industry. Custom content or threat detection logic through co-management is the bridge between a technology and a true solution. Co-managed solutions help determine where host-based risks may exist, including identifying potentially compromised devices, as well as weak or broken polices. They provide customers specific, actionable intelligence to support  response and remediation actions.  Additionally, co-managed providers support the implementation of new detection logic, creating and monitoring IOCs and tuning processes so endpoint technologies can run effectively and efficiently, taking the burden off already over-worked support teams.

Additional Benefits of Co-Managed Endpoint Security

  • Provide detailed analysis and investigation of threats identified by endpoint security solutions
  • Perform proactive “threat hunting” to continually identify anomalous and suspicious activity within companies’ environments
  • Implement, tune and monitor new threat-detection logic in order to identify potential breaches early in the attack lifecycle
  • Continually baseline and refine endpoint security policies to increase the fidelity of alerts and help effectively prioritize your teams’ time and attention.

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