SecurityBrief Asia logo
Asia's leading source of cybersecurity and cyber-attack news
Story image

EXPERT INSIGHTS: Why every endpoint is a potential entry point

FYI, this story is more than a year old

According to IDC the enterprise mobility market will rise to $USD3.5 billion by 2018. However, as the number of endpoints and applications within the enterprise grow exponentially, so too do the threats. Mobile proliferation has introduced new risks and vulnerabilities, while expanding the attack surface.

Cyber criminals are no longer limited to a handful of network access points to breach an organisation's data. Moreover as some mobile workers can remain uneducated when it comes to passwords and irresponsible in protecting against physical loss of devices, endpoints will increasingly be targeted. According to Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report weak, default or compromised passwords are behind 63 per cent of breaches, while nearly 10,000 incidents of physical theft and loss of devices were reported.

It is thus becoming increasingly important for businesses to realise that every endpoint is a potential entry point.

Realising the threat beyond the network  

Historically, IT security conversations focused almost entirely on perimeter based defenses and in particular, monitoring and controlling incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predefined security rules. By adding more walls and observing everything that entered and left the network, IT could safeguard corporate infrastructure and data. The endpoint was just an afterthought, with some anti-virus software and maybe encryption thrown in.

Yet the rise of mobility has expanded the types of devices in use, making it possible for employees to remotely access sensitive corporate data. The network is thus no longer a contained environment; instead it extends as far as the endpoint, even if it is off the corporate network.

Attacks can come from anywhere

The attack surface is not typically limited to one threat vector and it is a misconception that malware is often the sole culprit. Attacks can be internal or external, targeting the network, software or even the user themselves. The reality is that sophisticated attacks often involve a combination of these components.

Despite a company's best intentions attacks evolve, meaning that businesses need to constantly change their security posture. To use the analogy of a house - businesses cannot afford to put locks on the front door only - an attacker will simply focus their efforts on an open window or in some cases, they may already be inside.

Developing the ideal security model

Many organisations are already employing some form of application blacklisting and patch management in response to endpoint security risks. However, depending on these tools alone can often provide an organisation with a false sense of security because – in order for these security measures to be effective – the attack must originate from a known source. Zero-day vulnerabilities, spear phishing and other advanced attacks are designed to evade these technologies.

A security model that focuses on restricting the endpoint will not provide a mobile workforce with the flexibility that they need and expect. This will likely only lead to a poor user experience, often stifling productivity. In the short term, shrinking the attack surface may help plug these discernible holes.

Protecting a moving target

Effective endpoint security is challenging due to the constant need to maintain visibility of a moving target. Hence, when an endpoint is compromised, it is imperative that organisations can monitor the device, as well as identify the context of the event. Such information allows for a timely and appropriate response and enables organisations to isolate the attack to prevent the spread of infection. It also means that comprised devices can be freezed so sensitive data or authenticated data stores cannot be accessed.

Visibility across all endpoints will allow a business to establish a security baseline, by identifying where its devices are, what data it stores and what security tools, such as encryption are still active and enabled. With the right set of response tools, an organisation could even disable endpoints and delete sensitive data from them if the devices have been compromised.

A layered approach to security

Organisations should undertake a layered approach to security that protects against both internal and external threats. An ideal framework is comprised of network, endpoint and data security solutions to ensure the organisation is protected against the most common threat vectors. Then the company must review, renew and replace each layer on a regular basis.

However, technology alone is not enough, a business will need to train employees regarding IT security best practices. Security must also extend to wherever the employee is, regardless of whether they are working from a desktop or remotely on a tablet.

Based on the current threat landscape and a myriad of security tools available, many proactive organisations no longer view endpoint security as an attempt to remain ‘protected'. Instead, it is about the organisation considering itself to be in a constant state of compromise and remediation, based on their own unique risk threshold.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Cybersecurity
Continuous attack attempts discovered on Atlassian Confluence zero day
Following a coordinated disclosure of a zero-day vulnerability by Volexity in Atlassian Confluence, attackers went wild to exploit it.
Story image
Ransomware
Commonwealth tackling rising cybercrime threat in Asia
Ransomware, identity theft, and virtual security attacks identified as growing threats to security and economic growth.
Story image
Malware
Mandiant uncovers malware ecosystem deployed on VMware hypervisors and guest systems
Mandiant research has uncovered a novel malware ecosystem that was found deployed on VMware hypervisors and guest systems by an advanced and suspected China nexus threat actor.
Story image
Microsoft
Yubico research finds concerning trends around authentication security practices
A new global survey from Yubico has found that 59% of employees still rely on usernames and passwords as the primary method to authenticate their accounts.
Story image
Apple
Jamf shows intent to acquire mobile security firm ZecOps
This acquisition positions Jamf to help IT and security teams strengthen their organisation’s mobile security posture.
Story image
Work from home
Jamf showcases new products to simplify and secure work
At the 13th annual Jamf Nation User Conference, the company shared how its continuous product innovation is helping organisations succeed with Apple.
Story image
Network Management
Fortinet introduces enhanced AIOps across its gateways
FortiAIOps builds on Fortinet's rich history of developing artificial intelligence to deliver actionable network insights for self-optimising management.
Story image
Kaspersky
Cybersecurity loopholes prevalent in South East Asia
In terms of the share of vulnerabilities with publicly available exploits, three countries out of top five are located in Southeast Asia.
Story image
Malware
Kaspersky uncovers new malicious malware NullMixer
Kaspersky researchers have uncovered a new malware stealing users credentials, address, credit card data, cryptocurrencies, and accounts.
Story image
Data Protection
Cloudflare brings Data Localisation Suite to more APAC businesses
This allows any business in these countries to service their data locally while benefiting from the speed, security, and scalability of Cloudflare’s global network.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Best practices for industrial cyber resilience
Operational technology (OT) security is gaining more attention than ever before, but sufficient understanding of what it takes to prevent breaches is still lacking amongst many organisations.
Story image
Cloud Security
75% of AU companies had cloud security incident in past year
According to new Venafi research, complexity is due to increase, as companies plan to host more applications in the cloud.
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid cloud security driving need for deep observability
Gigamon is bringing application and network-level intelligence together to help network, security, and cloud IT operations teams eliminate security blind spots.
Story image
Data Protection
99% of security experts unhappy with tokenisation investment
Cybersecurity experts are looking for a solution that provides the strength of tokenisation while removing the friction that has accompanied it in the past.
Story image
Cybersecurity
De-risking the innovation cycle – a modern, real-time approach to security
Many organisations see cybersecurity as an inhibitor of innovation, with burdensome protection measures standing in the way of progress and speed.
Story image
Edge Security
Security practices for modernising the “spaghetti” of on-premises IT
Many organisations are wondering how to securely modernise their workload, often made up of a “spaghetti” of on-premises applications and management consoles.
Story image
Phishing
Vectra Protect team finds Microsoft Teams vulnerability
The Vectra Protect team identified a post-exploitation opportunity in August, allowing malicious actors to steal valid user credentials from Microsoft Teams.
Story image
Threat intelligence
Trellix advances threat intelligence with new research centre
Trellix has announced the establishment of the Trellix Advanced Research Center to advance global threat intelligence.
Story image
IT Training
Six ways to transform your cybersecurity training and influence lasting change
If the goal is to win hearts and minds, formal awareness training can fall short and often doesn’t inspire people to care.
Story image
Legacy
Trellix enables greater cyber resiliency with extended XDR platform
"Legacy SIEM technology has failed to modernise security operations. We are confident Trellix XDR fills this critical gap.”
Story image
Cloud
How modern IT architectures are moving beyond network visibility
Dealing with multiple cloud providers makes it difficult to identify security threats and performance bottlenecks and troubleshoot issues.
AWS Marketplace
Whitepaper: A practical guide for mitigating risk in today’s modern applications
Link image
Story image
Mobile Device Management
How to easily scale your mobile workforce and devices for the peak shopping season
Retailers are under constant pressure to streamline processes and become more efficient while looking for ways to improve customer satisfaction levels.
Story image
Malware
Cybereason delivers nation-state level of protection to enterprises
Cybereason has announced new advancements in Cybereason NGAV that deliver nation-state level protection for organisations of all sizes.
Story image
Enterprise
Delinea shares the importance of PAM, partners and security for modern enterprise
Identity-based security is becoming a crucial tool for modern enterprises as they continue to adapt to different working environments.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Ordr improves security and management of connected devices
It has implemented more than 80 integrations within the Ordr Data Lake while adding security enhancements to accelerate zero trust segmentation.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Test your API Security with Infinite API Scanner
The effectiveness of API scanning technology can mean the difference between successful and unsuccessful programming outcomes, and often enterprises and IT leaders struggle to get it right.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from SearchInform
Val Novoselova joins us today to to discuss new trends in the information security space, and how SearchInform is adapting to some of the new trends we are seeing.
Aws Marketplace
Learn how to implement a backup and recovery plan for a new generation of Kubernetes-based modern applications
Link image
Story image
Cybersecurity
Employees unsure who to go to to report security incident
A new study shows more than 20% of the untrained global workforce do not know who to contact during a security breach.
Story image
Ransomware
Delinea updates DevOps security, remote access more seamless
New enhancements include development support on the most recent Mac computers and improved secrets' management usability through automation.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Macroeconomic headwinds driving security up priority list
Current macroeconomic headwinds are driving security up enterprise’s priority list and reshaping the hardware Security Module market.
Story image
Malware
Decrease in malware volume, but surge in encrypted malware
The Q2 Internet Security Report found office exploits continue to spread more than any other category of malware.
Story image
Cybersecurity
StackHawk launches deeper API security test coverage
Expansion of test coverage includes custom scan discovery, custom test scripts and custom test data for REST APIs.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Fortinet advances AIOps to aid the hybrid workforce
"We’re continuing our commitment to AI innovation by delivering AIOps capabilities across our robust portfolio of enterprise networking technology."
Story image
Secure Code Warrior
Secure Code Warrior announces Coding Labs innovation
Coding Labs mechanisms allow developers to move from learning to applying secure coding knowledge more efficiently, leading to fewer code vulnerabilities.
Story image
Software-as-a-Service
Varonis adds secrets discovery to data classification
The data security firm announces enhancements that detect and remediate overexposed private keys, encryption certificates, API keys, and authentication tokens.
Story image
Firewall
Forrester names Akamai as web application firewall leader
"We continually monitor and improve our capabilities to defend customers from new threats, while enabling customers to protect evolving attack surfaces."
Story image
Cybersecurity
Ransomware attacks continue to increase, report finds
Nearly a quarter of businesses have suffered a ransomware attack, with a fifth occurring in the past 12 months.
Story image
Software-as-a-Service
Enterprises yet to fully commit to cybersecurity - CompTIA
“Digital transformation driven by cloud and mobile adoption requires a new strategic approach to cybersecurity, but this poses significant challenges."
Story image
Virtual Private Network
95% of organisation rely on VPN as threats continue - report
There is a growing number of VPN-specific security threats and a need for Zero Trust security architecture in enterprise-level organisations.