There are many layers of cybersecurity that can protect endpoints, but the most important threat management and detection system for all endpoints in your network is a UTM firewall, or Unified Threat Management firewall.
A UTM firewall, beyond traditional firewall functionality, provides significant additional protection for all connected devices, and allows for faster detection of threats. UTM firewalls provide a vital layer of protection between the outside world and all devices on a network, preventing data loss and protecting against modern threats that can bypass traditional outdated firewalls. By having a hardware firewall, there is a single unified point of security that allows for external management – allowing an admin to view the status of every connected device, and to be alerted the moment a breach attempt is made – allowing for extremely fast responses to attacks.
Non-signature Endpoint Protection
The typical way anti-virus and other protection software protects a system is through signatures – using unchanging data about a threat to identify and stop attacks. Signature protection on its own is no longer sufficient, as threats are developed rapidly and polymorphic malware avoid signature detection altogether.
Thus, alternative solutions are required to augment traditional signature protection. The best solution to this evolving problem is a smart anti-virus that uses a variety of techniques to ensure threats are stopped. Rather than traditional signature recognition smart anti-viruses use a distributed cloud model for signatures, meaning as soon as a threat is identified anywhere in the world it is stopped on all other connected systems.
Free standalone antivirus can catch known viruses that do not obscure their signatures, but this leaves the door wide open for smarter infections. It is easy, and cheap, to buy a smart virus package on the dark web, and then the only challenge is delivering it to victims – when it is so easy to infect users, companies must take action to protect themselves and their employees.
Not only can a smart antivirus protect against many non-signature based attacks, it allows for central management too. This means instead of relying on each, possible untrained, user to update their antivirus and scan their computer on a regular basis, the administrator can initiate these things themselves, along with seeing threat reports to better train users and protect the company.