Why Antivirus Isn’t Enough: Cybersecurity and Your Small Business
Cybersecurity continues to be in the news, with a wide range of actors in the space. Some are malicious entities that aim to steal data or simply stop businesses from operating. Others work to prevent those malicious entities from doing so. As a small business, you need endpoint security to ensure that you are safe and that you can keep doing business as normal.
What Exactly Is Endpoint Security?
Simply put, endpoint security is the practice of securing end-user devices. These can be desktops, mobile devices, laptops, and smart devices. Anything that is connected to your network can be a point of attack, including wireless cameras, smart fridges, and even smart thermostats.
Traditionally, this used to start and end with antivirus software and basic firewalls, which aim to track the signatures of viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware. However, this has limitations, because it relies on securing individual computers without thinking about the entire network. A brand-new system, therefore, is vulnerable with a traditional approach, while with a holistic endpoint security approach, it gets a substantial amount of protection right from the get-go.
Currently, endpoint security mostly focuses on checking the data and files that are entering your network to ensure they do not contain malicious code. This is done in a variety of ways, but in most cases, it uses a cloud server that you connect to. This approach may not always be the most reliable — and in some cases, it can slow down response times, resulting in issues.
Why Is Endpoint Security Vital?
If you have business-critical data, it's valuable to you, which means it's valuable to those who are seeking to steal it. It could cost you thousands of dollars to get it back in a ransomware scenario, or it could be sold to competitors or those who can use the data for nefarious means via the dark web.
The fallout from losing customer or client data can also be quite a major issue, as well — if you are covered by HIPAA, for example, you have to disclose data breaches within 60 days and identify how bad the data breach was.
Ultimately, you have a responsibility to keep your data secure, and endpoint security is one of the tools that you can use to do so. While no solution is 100% effective all of the time, a great solution substantially mitigates risk.
Who Do We Recommend?
As a partner with SentinelOne, we fully recommend their comprehensive endpoint security solutions. So much so, our company utilizes it as well. From our perspective, it offers a range of advantages, including:
- Real-time endpoint forensics and visibility into malicious activity
- Active smart agents that predict and detect attacks both online and off-line
- Provides a holistic solution that eliminates redundant endpoint agents
- Rollback technology to mitigate the effects of successful ransomware attacks. Here is a live demo of the rollback in action:
- Ransomware warranty of $1,000 per endpoint up to $1 million per business
We recognize expertise when we see it, and SentinelOne is a powerful solution that delivers exceptional endpoint security that is customizable to a range of businesses. For more information, contact us today.