Operating a small or medium-size business in the 21st century comes with a ton of helpful technology, apps, and devices that keep you connected, allow you to do your job, and streamline or automate your work. However, those apps, devices, and machines also bring with them an inherent risk of being compromised, and a severe enough threat could even bring your business to a halt or let sensitive data get exposed to unauthorized parties.
Unless you’re in the business of cybersecurity, you probably don’t think in terms of endpoints, and you may not even have a concrete idea of what endpoints are or why you should care. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss what an endpoint is, how endpoint vulnerabilities can affect you, and how to protect yourself.
What’s an endpoint, anyway?
An endpoint is any physical computing device that performs a function or task as part of an Internet-connected product or service. Your cell phone is an endpoint. So is your tablet. So is your point-of-sale cash register, your printer, and your computer-connected vehicle. Even a sensor, like a smart gas meter, can be an endpoint.
To start thinking in terms of endpoints, create an “endpoint” bucket in your brain and then start throwing things into it that you used to label only by their names or by category words like “device.” You’ll thank yourself later that you didn’t inadvertently leave any of your endpoints unprotected simply because you didn’t know they were endpoints.
Three types of endpoints:
- Lightweight endpoints. These are very simple physical devices that typically don’t have a lot of computing power and don’t consume a lot of electricity. Lightweight endpoints can be things like automatic light switches or door locks that have a short-distance connection to the network that they belong to.
- Complex endpoints. These endpoints typically require more power, have more computing capability, and may be perpetually connected online through wifi, ethernet, or cellular communications. On the other hand, they may have a rudimentary processor but would be capable of running a more robust processing unit.
- A gateway (or hub). This is the central command unit that receives input from all the lightweight and complex endpoints and processes the communications in order to translate the messages to the right party. The primary function of the gateway is to route messages to and from all the lightweight endpoints.
Does this affect you?
Vulnerabilities in your endpoints can give a hacker access to your central system, compromise your data, or steal your intellectual property. You need seamless managed endpoint security in order to protect every endpoint, and by extension, all your vital data assets and business systems.
How to protect yourself
Contact HighCastle Cybersecurity today for a free consultation of your current business cyber security and the needs that you have for better protection. We will listen to your particular situation, analyze your risks, and give you options of choices that would bring you the protection and peace of mind that your business needs. Schedule your free consultation today!