The continuous evolution and growth of the endpoint devices in enterprises makes network security management a primary concern for IT departments. As a sysadmin, you strive to ensure the safety and security of every device in your network. You are on a constant lookout for vulnerabilities and issues that might disturb the shield that protects your enterprise devices.
With dynamically changing trends and technologies, it’s easy to miss details that might compromise your network’s armor. Protect your enterprise network by closing the loopholes below.
Using too many management tools
Juggling multiple endpoint management software solutions might provide volumes of data, but might also introduce vulnerabilities into your network. The common misconception is that having more security and management tools ensures a more secure network. However, a disjointed endpoint management plan might prompt integration issues with other management tools in your network.
Having a unified endpoint management (UEM) tool can reduce the burden of balancing various products. Plus, a UEM solution provides a single, clear-cut view of security for the entire network, and all devices are managed from a central location to provide consistent protection against any cyberthreats.
Encryption is a commonly used term whenever enterprise security is discussed. Taking measures to ensure data protection and prevent data leaks helps ensure the network infrastructure remains secure. A UEM tool establishes encryption for the data in the network, encrypting sensitive information in the database, and encrypting communication between devices. These are basic measures that need to be enforced to strengthen network security.
Data encryption should be enforced while accessing the console of the UEM tool, enabling database access only via instance-specific credentials and securing sensitive information using instance-specific keys.
Adopting insufficient backup strategies
Network security threats and malware attacks include viruses, worms, trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware, denial-of-service, and more that target the enterprises’ devices to take control of data. Data loss can also occur from a system crash or physical damage to the device; it can even happen when the device is lost or stolen.
Data backup is a serious measure and should be implemented at every enterprise to safeguard devices and the stored information they contain. To avoid data loss, a proper backup strategy that monitors storage space should be enforced. Backups should be present in dedicated machines, and a disaster recovery plan for the devices must be implemented to ensure minimal downtime in case of emergencies.
Delaying patch updates
Patches usually contain security updates to thwart recently detected vulnerabilities. Delaying a patch update means delaying a layer of security for your devices. UEM tools provide features for automating patch deployment, scheduling patch deployment, and providing details for missing patches. These features help you stay up to date with ongoing trends in the industry and address network vulnerabilities.
Disposing of network devices improperly
Enterprise endpoint management and security does not limit itself to the devices that are in use in the network. Devices that move out of the network, those that have hardware issues, or BYOD devices used by employees no longer with the company might contain classified information that can be leaked unintentionally. This is why it’s important to maintain a record of all the BYOD devices, and ensure that the devices are wiped of any enterprise-related information and prepared for safe disposal when the time comes.
With robust network security and procedures in place to monitor for security loopholes, organizations can experience a growth in both productivity and business benefits. Network devices can be completely protected and managed by a UEM tool like Desktop Central, which not only secures your endpoints, but also constantly watches for any threat that might cause harm. These threats are completely nullified by enabling Desktop Central’s security features.
** Optrics Inc. is an Authorized ManageEngine partner
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