Three Steps to Protect Your Hybrid Workforce

Nick Jahn Cybersecurity, Security

 

With today’s ever-changing landscape of threats, it can be quite daunting to choose where to start when deciding “It’s time to get serious about my Cyber Security Stance.” Because of this, we have made it our mission to make this process easier for everyone that wants to be more secure, regardless of them being a customer of Fearing’s or not.

One of the biggest reasons I’ve seen that has caused both I.T. people and Corporate Executives to delay acting is that they don’t want to lose their productive time or repeat the same effort if they get things wrong the first time. That’s why in the following text I will show you how to protect the three attack fronts that cover nearly 95% of all the attack surfaces for a hybrid workforce.

The Three Main Attack Fronts

  1. Endpoints, which are corporate-owned devices that are both sitting inside and roaming outside your corporate office’s network.
  2. Mobile devices, both corporate and personally owned.
  3. Cloud Services, including Cloud Storage and Cloud-Based Email.

First Attack Front: Endpoints

Endpoints

For a few decades now endpoint protection has been deploying traditional antimalware, also known as antivirus, and this system has been the backbone of everyone’s cyber security stance and their cyber defense plan. Nowadays, traditional antimalware is simply not enough, but most people are making the huge mistake of thinking that it isn’t needed anymore, as the next phase in endpoint protection is called Next Generation Antimalware. The name suggests that traditional antimalware is not needed anymore. The cold hard truth is that you need both traditional and next-generation antimalware working together. Of course, not all antimalware solution companies provide both solutions.

The “Top Two” options that offer both antimalware versions are Check Point and Trend Micro. The solutions from these two companies complement traditional and next-gen protection while keeping the logging and attack telemetry data in a singular “Pane of Glass” viewpoint, making it easier for cyber security management teams to operate.

Second Attack Front: Mobile Devices

Mobile

Protecting mobile devices right now is arguably the most important attack front to deal with, because of its mixed nature between corporate and personal devices, no one seems to know how to best protect these devices. A common misconception is that a Mobile Device Management system is providing Cyber Security measures, when in fact it’s only a provider management tool of the Mobile device itself, it does not provide any Cyber Security measures. While a Mobile Threat Defense system does offer security measures, many are afraid to deploy one, especially on personal devices, because of the fear of the potential for eavesdropping. Cyber security is about protecting devices, not monitoring everything they do and there are systems designed to prevent “Big Brother” situations.

The “Top Two” options for mobile protection are Check Point and Trend Micro, but the edge goes to Check Point as their solution goes beyond traditional antimalware and general URL filtering, it does next-generation antimalware, anti-bot, and anti-phishing all on the mobile device.

Third Attack Front: Cloud Services

Cloud

Your Cloud-Based Storage and Email services make up your overall Cloud Services and need to be considered as a single unit, as the two interact with each other on a consistent basis. Malicious Actors are also targeting both parts of your Cloud Services, using both a compromised email system and a compromised cloud storage system to get around traditional email and storage protections. It is important to emphasize that this is an easy path to the corporate office network, both in a direct and indirect manner so it should not be overlooked.

The “Top Two” options to protect your Cloud Services are Check Point and Proof Point, and if you stick with the “Enterprise” product from Proof Point both platforms are on very equal footing.

Additional Thoughts: Decrease Overall Efforts

The last thing I want to go over is the need of having that single “Pane of Glass” viewpoint on everything happening at once. This is critical in achieving a decrease in the overall efforts of your security team in managing Cyber Security Event tracking. With Check Point, you achieve lower operational efforts while still maintaining the same level of readiness for a cyber security event using their single “Pane of Glass” viewpoint. Another thing that will help decrease overall efforts is having someone that is dedicated to just Cyber Security, so they won’t have to switch operational tasks between different platforms or technologies.

In Conclusion:

I’ve shared my experienced opinion on the best solutions to cover your remote workforce and Check Point clearly stands above the rest, but the important thing is to just implement something that is going to handle the attack load and can be coordinated with the other attack front protections.

If you’d like to learn more about how Fearing’s can offer you cyber protection, contact us today, we’d love to make a difference for you.

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