By 2023, according to the on-going Juniper Research cybercrime analysis, it’s projected that cybercriminals will compromise almost 33 billion records each year due to the rise of cyberattacks. One of the most vulnerable groups targeting by the quickly increasing amount of cybercriminals are SMBs. SMBs generally lack the resources and awareness of how vulnerable they really are, which is why they are targeted by hackers. One of the weakest links of a business network that’s too often neglected is endpoint security.

What is Endpoint Security?

Endpoint security is the process of making sure entry or endpoints of end user devices, such as laptops and cells phones, are being protected from misuse and malicious attacks. Contingent upon your business, other common weak endpoints are printers, retail location terminals, online stores, or other identity protected devices. Endpoint security is one of the best frontline defenses against cyberattacks when configured effectively. While it can’t stop everything from getting in, being preventative is

How Endpoint Security Works

As the name suggest, endpoint security features are implemented on devices that have access to both the central server and outside of it. There are various forms of endpoint security measures that can be taken but they share the same purpose in serving as an alarm and barrier between the network and everything outside of it. Countless centralized platforms can be bought to integrate the various forms of endpoint protection. The individual security features can also be bought and managed without a centralized platform as well.

Examples of endpoint security features are:

  • Firewalls
  • Antiviruses
  • Gateways or VDIs
  • Email phishing and spam filters
  • Web threat protection
  • 2FA

Why Endpoint Security is Important for SMBs

Endpoint security is crucial for SMBs because the most valuable asset a business owns is its data. Most business owners don’t realize until it’s too late that almost all of their business’ processes depend upon accessing, retrieving and sharing data from the company network. In addition to an unpredictable amount of downtime, SMBs are often overwhelmed by the costs and reputation damage suffered due to a data breach. A staggering 60% of small businesses permanently shut down after 6 months of experiencing a data breach, most of which could have been prevented with the adequate cybersecurity tools, knowledge, and partners. Deloitte reports that the businesses that do survive often see the financial impact of the incident for years after it happened, making it hard to measure the true cost of the incident. These are referred to as “beneath the surface” costs, and they can be equally or more damaging than the upfront costs.

Unsure of How to Configure Your Endpoint Security?

Even if you purchase all the right tools to protect your network, if they aren’t effectively configured and implemented cyber criminals can still find ways around them. KLH has years of experience in creating endpoint security framework. If you’re unsure of what your business needs to secure your endpoints, we can help. Contact us at 952-258-8200 or to learn more about how we can secure your network and data.