By Zach DeMeyer Posted February 20, 2019
With so many IT solutions becoming browser-based and shifting to the cloud, the concept of system-based capabilities seems to be a thing of the past. Should business owners and executives care about endpoint security then? In this article, we’ll discuss why endpoint security matters and what you can do about it.
Evolving Endpoint Security
Traditionally, organizations were run by Microsoft® Windows® systems, and just about everybody knew that you needed to have anti-virus software on those systems to protect them. For many years, anti-virus and the on-prem firewall were about all that people considered as “endpoint security.”
Today, there is a wide range of IT resources that organizations use, with notably less Windows laptops and desktops in place, due to the resurgence of Apple® Macs® and the dominance of Linux® in the data center. As a result of the mixed-platform environment and a new generation of IT resources such as web applications, the concept of endpoint security has decidedly changed. In fact, many pundits and analysts have effectively said that the endpoint doesn’t matter with all data, applications, and IT resources located in the cloud.
The Endpoint is the Gateway
The truth is that a user’s system is more critical than ever. Windows, macOS, and Linux endpoints are being leveraged to access critical cloud servers, web applications, and file servers. They are, in fact, the conduit, the gateway to an organization’s most critical digital assets. Despite the belief that these systems don’t house data or need to be secured, there is the very real consequence that a compromised laptop or desktop could lead to widespread catastrophe for an organization.
The challenge for modern organizations is that with a heterogenous platform environment and new threat vectors, there is a changing view of what endpoint security means. Today, anti-virus/anti-malware and a personal firewall is not nearly enough. Endpoint security today is about protecting user credentials, encrypting the hard drive via full disk encryption (FDE), patching the OS and applications, enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA), and many more security and configuration items. In fact, there may be dozens of different policies required to comprehensively secure an endpoint.
Endpoint Security Matters
So, endpoints are actually becoming more critical to organizations rather than less. Developers are building products and writing code on Linux laptops. Finance personnel are doing more data modeling and analytics than ever before, and marketing creatives are leveraging amazing design software to build campaigns.
The cloud has enormous benefits and there is no doubt that much of our server computing and application infrastructure will be provided remotely. But, we also know that powerful laptops and desktops will be the conduit to those amazing resources. If only there was a solution that could provide powerful endpoint security features, leverageable from the cloud.
Comprehensive Cloud Endpoint Security
Thankfully, a cloud directory service is on the market today that does just that. JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® expands on the concept of an identity provider, incorporating security requirements for the modern era. For instance, the Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) product can be used to enforce password complexity requirements, MFA, and FDE across entire fleets of endpoints. Additionally, as a cloud domain controller, JumpCloud federates user identities to virtually all of their IT resources, starting at the endpoint.
Learn more about why endpoint security matters with JumpCloud. You can contact us with your questions, or check out our blog and/or YouTube channel. If you are interested in upping your endpoint security with Directory-as-a-Service, try the DaaS product today, completely free.