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How the Cloud Has Revolutionized Enterprise Security

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The cloud has already profoundly changed how businesses operate. It offers a place to build applications with scalability, computing power, storage, and data analytics. In cybersecurity, the cloud offers essential advantages to enterprises with mass amounts of data and valuable assets. 

Cybersecurity Before the Cloud

Traditional enterprise cybersecurity revolves around appliances. But times are changing, and this strategy is becoming less effective at stopping actual threats. Outdated aspects of traditional cybersecurity include: 

  • Reactive Antivirus Software– Antivirus software must be on every endpoint a business has, every computer, mobile device, and server, to provide complete protection. And that protection is solely reactive. It can only find and deal with a threat when it’s already there, in your network.
  • Limited Network Security– For comprehensive network security, companies need multiple products, including antivirus software, antimalware products, application security, access control, and email security. 
  • Firewalls– Designed to block external networks, firewalls can’t always do the job. As hackers evolve their strategies, the limitations of a firewall become more obvious. They cannot prevent misuse of passwords or prevent modems dialing into a network, for instance.  

The Introduction of Cloud-Based Endpoint Detection and Response

As hacking techniques and data breaches become more sophisticated, companies have to keep their security systems up to date. This is where endpoint protection cloud technology comes in and takes should over older security strategies.

Endpoint detection and response systems and platforms are the future of enterprise cybersecurity. These systems protect companies from every endpoint: laptops, computers, servers, and mobile devices.

Cloud-based endpoint detection and response take that more advanced approach to another level. It’s a different kind of security in several ways:

  • Using the cloud, a security system can harness big data. This hasn’t been possible with traditional security. Big data allows for the analysis necessary to detect and stop threats at all endpoints. With big data, companies get better risk management, threat visualization, and predictive models.
  • The cloud gives a security system more computational power to harness all that data and put it to practical use.
  • The cloud also allows for scalability. While traditional security systems have limitations in terms of cost and efficiency, the cloud’s potential to scale security as a company grows is nearly limitless.

It comes down to cloud-based endpoint security that outsmarts hackers, getting out ahead of their attacks in ways that traditional security systems cannot. Cloud technology grabs and analyzes large amounts of information from endpoints, effectively turning each of these terminals into surveillance cameras. The analysis capability in real-time means that the system can identify known threats and predict unknown threats.

The Advantages of Cloud Control

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Enterprise security today is in a transition. Most companies are finding they can no longer rely on traditional security appliances, antivirus software, and firewalls. Cloud control is the present and the future because it can do what these older methods cannot.

If you haven’t taken your company’s security into the future with cloud-based endpoint protection, here are the most important reasons to consider it:

  • An All-in-One Security Platform– Rather than cobbling together multiple security appliances, software, and strategies, these systems provide everything you need in one platform. There are no holes or missing links and no need to coordinate multiple moving parts.
  • Simplified Management– These security features still have to be managed, but it’s much easier than with the puzzle pieces of older security systems. Your IT managers can easily control all aspects of cybersecurity from one console.
  • Active Threat Hunting– Cloud-based systems use big data and predictive analytics to provide proactive security. Rather than finding attacks after they begin, these security platforms actively hunt potential threats.
  • Real-Time Monitoring– The cloud system constantly monitors data, scanning for indicators of compromise that could turn into serious threats. If your IT security team needs to respond immediately, the data needed are all right there, in real-time.   
  • Easy Automation– Automation makes everything easier for your IT team to focus on more important tasks. Cloud-based endpoint systems automatically collect information and perform analysis at all endpoints. Threat identification and incident response are automatic.

Adapting to Cloud-based Technology 

While hackers find new ways to infiltrate businesses and wreak havoc, IT professionals have also found ways to counteract these advancements. The breakthrough into cloud technology allows enterprises to secure their entire networks, learn from past attack attempts, and hunt for future threats. With this technology in place, business owners can rest assured that their network has the top security in the industry. 

 

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