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The Business Case for EndPoint Security in Small Organizations

According to BAE Systems, almost 50 percent of small businesses have experienced a cyber attack, and as much as 60 percent of hacked small- and medium-sized businesses go out of business after six months. By deploying endpoint security solutions, most cyber attack attempts can be prevented.

Devices and services protected by endpoint security solutions

Faced with limited IT personnel and budget, small business environment usually end up with non-standard computer configurations, inadequate or non-existent security policies, old equipment etc.

The impact of the failure of an endpoint on business processes can be a little scary sometimes. A good example is a call I got from a friend the other day. The boss’s computer had a couple of viruses and they had to disconnect the computer from the network.

Of course that meant business had to come to a halt because everything was on the boss’s computer. There were no anti-virus software on any of the workstations and of course no firewall of any kind, so it was free for all.

Granted this was a very small office, but there is no doubt that the incident had an impact on company productivity, not to talk of the negative impression it had on customers and potential customers because their requests could not be processed since the main database was on the infected computer.

This is no longer a debate about which Operating System – Linux or PC or Mac etc. is safer. The point is, how protected are the endpoints in your business environment. If you do have some level of protection, how are they managed?

Do you use understaffed and overworked teams to “sneakernet” updates and patches to individual workstations and servers – a costly exercise? If you answered yes, it is time you considered centralized management. “Sneakernet update” is when you or your employees use portable storage devices to update your computer systems individually.

In addition, more than a third of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), defined as having 10 to 500 employees, lack server backup recovery and anti-virus protection. This situation caused McAfee to argue that “Small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) have developed a false sense of their own security and remain na├»ve about impending threats”.

Nearly a third of the small organizations have been attacked four or more times in the past three years and a quarter of those attacks took the affected company more than a week to recover. The reasons for the high number of attacks are because small organizations believe that they are “too small” to be noticed by criminals, and many do not not believe that their company could make cyber criminals money. In addition, it is very common for most to run with the default settings on all IT equipment, ignoring customization for security, mainly due to the lack of qualified personnel.

The end result is that for businesses of all sizes, but especially small businesses, viruses, hacker intrusions, spyware and spam can lead to lost or stolen data, computer downtime, decreased productivity, compliance issues, lost sales and even loss of reputation.

A solution avoiding such loses in terms of sales, customer trust and reputation damage is to deploy endpoint security protection that is centrally managed.

Centralized management means just that. Everything is managed from one location. You or an “administrator” can manage network and security policies from one console and be able to deliver updates to all workstations and servers.

It also means you can configure or reconfigure your endpoints to allow or deny software installations, file downloads, and security levels to prevent “drive-by” downloads that may result in the download of viruses.

A centralized endpoint security solution can protect against internal and external threats since many of them combine enterprise-class packet-filtering firewall with an advanced host intrusion prevention system.

Some even have built-in virus, spyware, malware, adware, rootkit and trojan detection engines that can block those programs before they have the chance to install.

A few very sophisticated ones have the ability to control program execution paths and can deny CPU time to detected malware applications.

Centralized management of endpoints increases productivity and ultimately. business profitability. By replacing manual processes with automation, employees are freed up to focus on taking care of customers.

Contact us to discuss how Tech Prognosis can help you save on IT costs with our Endpoint Protection Services for your business in Round Rock, TX and surrounding cities.

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