Security at the desktop: How to save your employees from malware disaster

Although the devices used in business have changed, the risks have not gone away

In my last article, I mentioned Cisco’s recent quarterly survey, in which 80 percent of IT customers surveyed admitted that they felt comfortable with the security technology already in place. I’d like to start there again, but take the focus in another direction — the endpoint of the network.

Traditionally, the endpoint was a desktop computer, but today it can encompass anything from tablets to smartphones. In the case of the Target breach, it was the point-of-sale system. Protecting the endpoint has become a challenge as attacks have become more sophisticated. With nearly 52 million different viruses appearing monthly, it’s impossible for antivirus software to combat security threats alone. Simply installing antivirus isn’t enough anymore — if you have even installed it in the first place. A recent survey from antivirus maker Avast says that 34 percent of people don’t have any antivirus installed on their smartphones. That’s an alarming percentage, considering that people look to their phones and tablets for everyday sensitive tasks and have retired the use of a traditional PC. Although the device has changed, the risks have not gone away.

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Mark Brophy

Mark Brophy serves the director of IT Security and Risk Management Services at Keno Kozie Associates. Mark brings extensive knowledge on information technology networks and...

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