The increasing shift to remote work has introduced new complexities to organizations’ efforts to secure their IT infrastructure, while cyberattacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication. With the average cost of a data breach rising to $4.35 million this year, just one successful attack can cause lasting financial and reputational damage to a company. IT and security professionals are under increased pressure to help their organizations modernize their defenses and stay ahead of threats.
Endpoint security is a particular concern for organizations, as it’s an entry point for many types of attacks. There are any number of defensive tactics companies can take, from ensuring strict supply chain protocols, to equipping employees with secure devices, to deploying software across their fleet for threat hunting. These solutions can be integrated to help trigger alerts for IT when a system detects an issue like a corrupted BIOS in a PC, which can leverage automation to quarantine the device. While important, however, these measures only partially solve the problem.
The foundation of device security really is management: updating and patching drivers and operating systems to reduce the attack surface and ward off potential threats. Up-to-date OS, drivers and software fortify the “first line of defense” – your PCs. Why is this important? Researchers found approximately 88% of all data breaches are a result of an employee mistake, and 69% of organizations experienced some type of cyberattack due to a poorly managed internet-facing asset. Even with these statistics, device management is rarely a “hot topic” in IT admin circles and mostly follows the line of, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” This disconnect between manageability and security has the potential to compromise your organization’s security at precisely the moment when defenses should be at their highest level. And as research shows, the proliferation of point solutions has only made manageability even more challenging.
How to Evolve
Endpoint management capabilities help ensure the best possible security profile. Expanding endpoint security capabilities into endpoint management is an emerging approach that adds additional insight and control, bridging the gap between SecOps and ITOps and helping organizations stay secure.
Being one of the world’s largest endpoint vendors, Dell can offer a unique perspective. We have long delivered secure devices that help enable integration and interoperability of systems. Today, we continue to lead the market in releasing new capabilities that help organizations leverage existing tools to more completely – and more easily – manage Dell PCs.
As you assess your environment for what’s working well and what may need improvement, Dell suggests five key areas you should consider in your plans:
- Embrace cloud-based device management to allow IT to better control and deliver application and OS updates, …