Tip - Endpoint Security Is Not Enough

Desktop security solutions alone are not enough to protect against attacks and breaches.

Despite the widespread use of endpoint protection, cyberattacks and breaches - over 90% of which are initiated via email - are occurring at an unprecedented rate, with one in five businesses getting hacked daily.

Companies are increasingly acknowledging that too much is at stake if an attack is successful against the last line of defense that is endpoint protection. Companies cannot rely solely on endpoint protection as a means for securing their email while strengthening security solutions as a defense capable of intercepting malicious attack attempts and protecting against human error, and fortifying an organization’s email infrastructure.

Watch: Shortcomings of Endpoint Security in Securing Business Email

Endpoint security must be viewed as the last line of defense against cyber thieves as it is limited to the client later, and cannot intercept the traffic between an attacker and the target.

Endpoint security providers get involved once a user has already received a malicious email - and has possibly already disclosed sensitive credentials or downloaded ransomware. 

Endpoint security providers do not evaluate and specifically address factors such as the key people within an organization who are at greatest risk of being targeted in an attack, a company’s security history, and other considerations that must be taken into account to keep businesses safe.

The average time to fully deploy endpoint security patches is 97 days, and solutions frequently remain unpatched as a result. Many businesses - especially SMBs - lack the in-house cybersecurity resources and expertise needed to keep them safe, and endpoint security solutions are unable to bolster companies’ IT security remotely to ensure they remain secure.

Endpoint protection does not equip organizations with real-time insights on the daily risks that they face and the security of their email required to make informed proactive cybersecurity business decisions. As a result, organizations that rely on endpoint protection alone frequently struggle with visibility gaps across their IT environment, organizational silos, and broken workflows that leave them exposed to risk.

Fifty-six percent of companies replaced their endpoint security solution in the past two years, and 51% added an extra layer of protection to their traditional antivirus solution - but cyberattacks and breaches are on the rise regardless.

While endpoint security is a great start, it is ineffective in combating today’s sophisticated and rapidly evolving threats without additional layers of proactive protection accompanied by expert, ongoing system monitoring, maintenance, and support.

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