Endpoint security has changed fundamentally over the past 20+ years, in many ways mirroring the evolution of the wider information security market. From the first basic anti-malware scanners of the ‘90s, through innovations in black- and whitelisting, intrusion detection, web and email filtering, and today’s sophisticated targeted attack detection products – we’ve sure come a long way. But the big question on the minds of CISOs everywhere is: “How do I modernize to stay on top of current threats?”
That’s why Trend Micro has commissioned a comprehensive new white paper from global research leader Info-Tech Research Group: Securing Endpoints Against the Next Generation of Attacks. Its subject matter experts have produced a detailed analysis which will tell you all you need to know about the current threat landscape; what to look for in an endpoint security solution; and what’s next for the market, so you can future-proof current investments.
Lowering the barriers
It’s no understatement to say that security teams have never been as stretched as they are today, often having to manage various security tools from multiple management interfaces. They face a resilient, well-resourced and determined enemy, drawn to cybercrime by the high-reward, low-risk spoils. Cybercriminals today can easily find on underground Internet forums inexpensive tools they need to launch automated attacks. For a few hundred dollars and with not much expertise, they can reap an impressive ROI for their endeavors.
What’s more, attacks are becoming more targeted, more persistent and more covert. Using spear phishing techniques, social engineering, zero day threats, malware-laden attachments and compromised URLs they can infiltrate a target network and lay hidden for weeks if necessary, exfiltrating your most valuable data.
The tools and techniques used to carry out such attacks are unfortunately becoming increasingly widespread and are more likely to succeed because of the growing attack surface of most organizations. BYOD and cloud-based services have made staff so much more productive, but at the same time provided security teams with a monumental headache when it comes to locking down endpoint risk.
Your to-do list
Many organizations are failing to rise to this challenge. Info-Tech Research Group found that only 30 percent of IT organizations have consistently applied formal security standards in place for mobile devices, while 31 percent have none whatsoever.
That’s clearly unacceptable. As the Info-Tech report makes clear, endpoint security solutions need to support the business, ensuring data continues to flow through the organization with minimum disruption while preventing any security gaps from appearing.
Here’s what Info-Tech recommends as the four key components of a modern endpoint protection strategy:
- Security beyond signature detection
- The ability to protect data on the move
- Interactive security management interfaces
- Expanded platform integration
Help is at hand. There are now sophisticated suites of products available on the market – like Trend Micro’s Complete User Protection – which will combine multiple capabilities under a single management interface, including features like advanced targeted attack detection to spot and block the most insidious threats.
Download the Info-Tech report to learn about ways to modernize your endpoint protection strategy.