Cloud Endpoint Protection
Cloud endpoint security products are still new with relatively low levels of adoption. That being said; advanced cloud-based endpoint management is a service which provides a myriad of benefits. As with many other services world-wide (such as media streaming for consumers), endpoint security has a future which is firmly entrenched in cloud-based operations.
Threat notifications and alerts are best handled or assisted by the Cloud-based Endpoint Protection, given that so much of the data that matters to us is already there or moving via the cloud in some way. As you can imagine, businesses need to pay particular attention here as files and documents in transit may contain extremely sensitive data (competitor analysis pieces, benchmarking reports etc).
Why Choose Cloud-based Endpoint Protection?
For Promisec; our focus is on the endpoints, wherever they exist – so our software needs to address concerns for endpoints anywhere. The cloud is likely connected to many endpoints in any modern business, so it’s actually really important to consider a cloud-based endpoint security product (such as our own offering, “Integrity“) for ensuring the endpoint protection.
Here are some benefits of cloud-based endpoint management:
- A browser interface enables antivirus validation, unauthorized software discovery, and patch management validation
- Check for specific advanced malware
- A web-based, cloud-accessible interface is simpler and easier to use
- Unmatched time to value, scanning endpoints in a matter of minutes
- No storage limits on inspections
Why has Endpoint Security been so Slow to Adapt to The Cloud?
‘The Cloud’ itself has been around for many years. Until recently however; there was no generic term to help us refer to where web-based applications are actually located. 10 years or so after ASPs were all the rage; we have formal well-branded cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, and many others. Part of the challenge for cloud-based security is that there had to be a problem before there was a solution.
In IT; security is a sub-industry which reacts to new threats and ever-evolving aggressive technologies such as computer viruses, malware, spyware and (more recently) ransomware. Before cloud-based security systems came into their own, there had to be enough people storing their data on the cloud to make that data a lucrative target for cyber-criminals. Now that we all store so much on the cloud, cloud-based endpoint management is transforming from a ‘smart idea’ to a necessity (especially for businesses and other organisations).
Cloud Endpoint Management: a New Stage in a Changing World
There are many products based in the cloud now and more are created every minute. All mobile apps talk to a cloud service of some sort. Some utilise “brick and mortar” functionality (like a banking app), but their data is accessible via a data centre that is virtually hosted in the cloud.
In short; most apps live and exist purely in the cloud. From a business users point of view the two most prevalent systems they use on a day to day basis (email and file storage/sharing) are likely using some form of hosted/cloud based email or public cloud file sharing.
You may be using an email client from your desktop – but the connected email exchange server lives in the cloud. Files are likely being shared via dropbox, google drive, box, onedrive, etc. The number of companies of any size that manage their own internal email and file servers is dwindling, instead CIOs are embracing cheaper alternatives.
Because of high cloud adoption, criminal activity and therefore the counteracting security technologies began to evolve. Solving the ‘security puzzle’ these days demands a fundamental understanding of the cloud and all it has to offer.