Endpoint Backup Solution
By Tobias Geisler Mesevage
Business is conducted on multiple endpoints, like laptops, tablets, smartphones, and point of sale terminals. And each of these endpoints, which connects to the company’s network, is a potential entry point for a security threat.
In many businesses, especially those now on the “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” bandwagon, multiple types, brands, and models of devices become a nightmare to manage, control, and protect.
An endpoint backup solution adds a layer of protection for these devices (and the network at large), which carry mission-critical business information but are often left out of company backup policies.
Often Disaster Recovery Plans (DRPs) and backup strategies focus on office PCs, servers, and storage. In fact, the endpoints themselves pose a significant risk to company data.
Besides loss and theft of the physical devices themselves, endpoints represent serious security vulnerabilities.
In 2018’s Data Breach Investigation Report, Verizon found hackers are exploiting unprotected (or poorly-protected) endpoints to breach data and systems. In the accommodations industry, for example, 90% of all breaches involved POS intrusion.
To protect a company’s endpoints, there are many security precautions to take, including:
Provisions for application whitelisting
Network access control
Updating and patching software
Using anti-malware software
But even the most fastidious IT departments are challenged to overcome phishing schemes and physical access controls on mobile devices.
Endpoint security cannot be complete without an endpoint backup solution so that in case perpetrators gain access to endpoints, the damage is not catastrophic if the data can be quickly and easily restored.
The Importance of an Endpoint Backup Solution
When other endpoint security measures fail and a device is lost, physically damaged, attacked with ransomware, or its data otherwise compromised, having an updated backup of the endpoint becomes essential.
With it, the endpoint can be restored to its pre-disaster state quickly and easily.
Without it, important data is lost forever.
Especially in industries like healthcare, endpoints not properly secured and backed up can become a hole in regulatory compliance with HIPAA or SOC2, and in the event of a break, lead to fines and damage to reputation.
How Endpoint Backup Solutions Work
Endpoint backup solutions protect every file on every device. They typically offer a centrally managed portal for configuration and an easy way to quickly restore backups when a device is compromised, lost, or stolen.
The centralized management will show statuses of device backups and allow to restore a single inadvertently-deleted file or an entire system quickly.
The agent on the device will backup up any files changed since the prior backup to the cloud, limiting the exposure of the remote device.
Devices should enable business
Allowing people to access a business network from their remote devices enables collaboration and innovation. Hindering access because of endpoint security concerns is counter-intuitive and can do more harm than good. Instead, enabling business users to access the network from their devices while ensuring they are backed up and protected is a way to empower them while protecting their data and network.