Times Have Changed: Has Your Endpoint Security Strategy Kept Up?

By Gregg Ogden

Malware. Although it’s something we all should worry about, it just isn’t a very sexy topic. Day in and day out, most of us are just trying to complete a project, or do something banal like online shopping. So, we surf, we download, we open attachments – and we do so (mostly) without a thought about the potential consequences. But, unfortunately, there are costs.

The statistics are eye-popping, according to ZDNet.1 The annual cost of global cybercrime was thought to be $3 trillion in 2015; this figure is expected to reach $6 trillion a year by 2021. So how does all this malware enter your ‘secure’ network? As you probably suspected, most issues originate from professionals hacking their way into your system. What you might not know is that a large percentage of malware enters through employees, folks just trying to do their jobs who unknowingly introduce malicious software into their organizations.

Now, many of us really enjoy the freedom that today’s work-from-anywhere paradigm offers. We also love having multiple devices (endpoints) networked and available at our fingers tips: laptops, smart phones, tablets, printers, etc. There is no turning back now. However, the task of protecting all these endpoints, coupled with an ever-increasing number of remote workers, creates a headache for corporate IT security that is impossible to manage with any single point-solution. So how do you protect your data from malware designed to extract it? You need a multi-pronged and holistic strategy. That’s where Commvault comes in!

With Commvault software, there are a number of things you can do to protect your data while providing supplemental support for your malware strategy. Global and file-level encryption allows you to encrypt all or individual files to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access. In addition, should you ever lose your laptop or contact with the server is lost – after a period of time you’ve set – all designated files are erased. And should your device ever become compromised, you can quickly explore the contents of an end-user machine to determine exposure. Commvault software also minimizes the cost of any data breaches by retaining a secure backup of all your endpoints. This adds an additional layer of security, should something bad happen, like ransomware. Users can then access and download the protected files from backup to any of their devices.

Commvault software also automatically detects the presence of ransomware on your computer and notifies the administrator immediately. This helps you to quickly investigate the breach to prevent long-term damage or extensive data loss.

Additionally, the Commvault Data Platform works independently and seamlessly alongside most of the industry’s best anti-virus protection products. Be sure to learn more about Commvault’s Endpoint Data Protection solution.

1 ZDNet: The Cost of Ransomware Attacks: $1 Billion This Year