Cybersecurity Vs. Endpoint Security Vs. Hybrid Cloud Security:
The Key Layers of Business Protection Needed in 2021 & Beyond
Properly securing your business workloads (whether they function on-site via proprietary servers or in the cloud) and protecting your valuable company and customer data is an absolute necessity for longevity in your business.
In fact, security is one of the leading business priorities this year and protecting a business in 2021 and beyond is only expected to become more dynamic and complex.
In the next 12 months, 60% of enterprises plan to increase spending on security technologies as they try to reduce the risk of an attack that could disrupt operations and lead to significant financial loss or brand damage.
-Computerworld Tech Forecast
This is largely because the framework of the workforce is in a state of change and transition to mostly remote or hybrid work models. Due to the work constraints introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses have spent time developing remote work processes and systems to sustain their business while keeping employees safe.
As the landscape of the workplace continues to evolve and companies make decisions about how and where their and employees will work (and where their systems will live and function) security is going to become more challenging.
Fortunately, security solutions for companies (remote or on-site) keeps pace with these trends and rises to meet the needs of the new workplace with advanced tools for cybersecurity, endpoint protections, and hybrid security and IT solutions that will give companies flexibility and peace of mind.
But the fact remains that in order to fully protect your business, your best option may be layering multiple types of security solutions as best suited to your workloads, data storage, cloud applications, and more.
Our new article explores the most heavily embraced types of security at the moment and provides insight into how you can select and layer the right tools and systems to keep your business safe.
What is Cybersecurity Software?
There are many different types of threats and security risks that can negatively impact businesses, but cybersecurity solutions help protect against all the known and developing risks lurking in cyberspace with tools for:
- Threat Detection and Response
- Digital Asset and Data Protection
- Business Uptime
- Compliance Regulations
- And More…
Additionally, regulations have been developed in various industries to help create a set of guidelines for companies that manage sensitive data and workloads in the cloud.
From healthcare to finance to marketing, there are certain regulations that a cloud-based business must follow to stay in business and keep their data safe, according to industry standards, including:
Not adhering to these regulations can lead to fines or business interruptions, as well as open up a company to data security risks.
What is Endpoint Security Software?
If you use a lot of mobile or remote devices in your business or have hardware that needs to connect with your network regularly, then endpoint security software is an essential for protecting your business and minimizing the entry points for threat and fraud.
Endpoint security solutions work by controlling access to your network from endpoints such as:
- Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets)
- Wireless printers
- POS systems
- Barcode scanners
This type of software uses certain criteria to define what devices and systems can access your network. These protocols work to ensure that only authorized and secure endpoints gain entry, and if an unknown or unauthorized device is seeking access to your network, the software should catch and block it to keep your network safe. This software functions in real-time and can be monitored by system admins as well.
What is Hybrid Cloud Security?
The reliance on cloud-based technology has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and more and more companies have chosen to implement cloud systems or apps that streamline operations, reduce costs, and build flexibility and scalability into business infrastructure.
In the wake of the pandemic, this dependence on mobile-accessible, cloud-powered systems has spiked substantially and more companies than ever before are working in hybrid cloud environments (relying on both on-site, server-based functionality as well as a robust collection of public cloud systems or features).
While the hybrid business infrastructure allows for flexible business computing and supports growth and mobility in companies who need both the exclusivity of proprietary systems and the flexibility of cloud-based functionality, securing hybrid systems can be much more complex to do successfully.
With a hybrid cloud security system in place, however, you can:
- Defend all facets of your business technology (including networks, cloud systems, and computing) from advanced threats
- Easily scale security solutions to include any new cloud systems you’re adding to your suite of business tools
- Reduce operational costs by streamlining monitoring and resources
- Gain visibility into security measures across all your systems to defend data regardless of where it’s stored or processed
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