How Cybersecurity Has Evolved Since COVID…And How You Can Keep Up

How Cybersecurity Has Evolved Since COVID…And How You Can Keep Up

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives, especially the way we use technology. Even though we might be getting closer to the end of the pandemic, some of the changes that happened this past year will be around for a long time, including cybersecurity. Since so many things are online now, from work to healthcare, it has become easier for hackers to retrieve data that could cause harm to individuals or companies. To prevent this from happening to your company, you need the best security possible. Cybersecurity companies have upgraded their programs so you won’t have to worry about a security breach and there are multiple options you can choose from. Here are a few ways you can keep your company safe.

Endpoint Security

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Endpoint security is a software that protects computers and/or servers from attacks that can affect an endpoint such as malware, live attacks, script-based attacks, exploits, and more. According to SentinelOne, “An endpoint is one end of a communications channel. It refers to parts of a network that don’t simply relay communications along its channels, or switch those communications from one channel to another. An endpoint is the place where communications originate, and where they are received.” If an endpoint gets attacked, outsiders can retrieve your personal information and use it against you. They can steal data in your computer to profit financially or cause other harm to you and your company. But endpoint security software can prevent it from happening.

Computer security has been essential to companies for decades, but it is even more important right now since so many people are still working from home. Endpoint security can make sure your company is protected by keeping all of your servers secure even if your employees are accessing them from home. No one knows exactly what’s going to happen in the future, so it’s best to prepare and get a long-term protection solution. The best way to do that is to get a next gen endpoint protection, such as SentinelOne, which accurately predicts threats and prevents them before they even get the chance to cause any harm. The price for this type of security depends on the type of package you get for your company.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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A virtual private network (VPN) is a private network that’s created from a public internet connection and hides your internet protocol (IP) address so all of your online actions are untraceable. It’s more secure and provides more privacy than any other type of network—it has even more privacy than a secured Wi-Fi hotspot. A VPN can be added on top of endpoint security for the maximum amount of security. Endpoint security is already very effective, but a VPN can help protect endpoints even more, especially when you or your employees are working outside the office. It can “bridge any gaps between security confidence and actual security for remote employees.”

This type of network is especially important for remote employees since they would have to use an unsecure internet connection if they don’t have a VPN. If an employee is doing their work with public Wi-Fi, strangers using the same network could easily access your company’s data. VPNs have become more popular this past year so companies don’t have to worry about a security breach when employees have to work outside of the office. Your company can get this protection for as little as $4.99 a month or up to $12.99 a month, depending on the number of simultaneous connections supported.

Content Filters

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Content filters are another way to keep your company safe, but they are used to help remote employees stay focused on their work as well. These programs allow you to assign policies with different internet access restrictions and logging settings depending on when employees are on or off your network. Cisco Umbrella is one of the companies that can provide you with a content filter for your employees. Umbrella is “a cloud security platform that provides the first layer of defense against threats on the internet wherever users go.” Endpoint security and VPNs will help protect your company the most, but content filters can block websites that might cause any harm. The benefits of a content filter are the ability to allow or block specific domains, category-based filtering, compliance, a block page bypass option, and an allow list-only feature.

Cisco Umbrella has 60+ content categories that covers millions of websites so you can choose which ones are okay for your employees to access. It also has the option to assign specific users the ability to access certain filtering categories or individual domains that are normally blocked on your network. This is great for managers who need to access websites that are blocked for other employees. The price for a content filter depends on the package you purchase and how many employees you have using it. Just like endpoint security and VPNs, content filters are very important to companies right now since it will make sure employees aren’t going onto unsecure websites when they’re not working in the office. These types of securities are probably still going to be around after the COVID-19 pandemic is over since it keeps companies safe and it gives them the option to work with employees from all over the country. If you choose any of them for your company, you’ll be able to manage and grow your business without having to worry about anything.