Now that corporate devices and company data are leveraged outside the physical borders of the office, security has become much more complex. As Joe Flynn, director of technical architecture at Insight, explains:
“The old way of enforcing security doesn’t work when the office isn’t the central hub anymore. A dispersed workforce means every employee’s home, and every personal device accessing company data, is a new office in need of security.”
So, what can you do to create security borders around a borderless workforce? We recommend deploying cloud-ready devices tied to a modern endpoint management platform. Modern endpoint management enables you to “protect at the door,” which means three things:
- Secure at the user level with protections such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Single Sign-On (SSO) and behavioral analysis.
- Secure at the content level with protections such as data classification, asset tagging and access management.
- Secure at the device level with protections such as encryption, update management and endpoint governance.
Your people play a critical role.
When it comes to endpoint security, your people are your both your weakness and your secret weapon. According to the 2021 Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report, 65% of ransomware attacks are initiated by a phishing email.2
No matter how tight your security is, it won’t do much good if an employee inadvertently opens the back door by clicking a malicious link. That’s why it’s essential to train your workforce to recognize and report suspicious emails, fostering a culture of security.