Gone are the days when an organization’s data was accessed strictly on-site. The convenience of laptops, tablets, smartphones, flash drives, portable drives, and other mobile devices has opened up an entire world of possibilities and flexibility for how our teams operate. But it has also opened up new challenges and concerns for maintaining secure data.
Do you have to sacrifice security in order to make data storage and data sharing convenient? The answer is no! Fortunately, data security standards have evolved right along with technological advances—which means that you can continue taking advantage of remote worksites and information access with confidence. So as team members are able to access systems, programs, and information in a decentralized environment, how can your leadership ensure that your data remains secure with more and more endpoints being used in your network? Enter, endpoint management.
What is endpoint management?
An endpoint management system can help you protect your data and your most important systems no matter where they are accessed. The great thing about flash drives, removable media storage, and other devices is that your team can easily and quickly share large files, sensitive data, proprietary information, and more—the things that you are unable (or unwilling) to share over public networks.
You can use a central management system to secure endpoints by setting requirements, monitoring activity, completing audits, and restricting access remotely. Those requirements and reporting are all managed by only those with administrator-level access to the system. Endpoint management gives you control over the devices that are outside your physical reach but are still being used to view, edit, and share the data you care about most.
How is it used?
There are plenty of features that make an endpoint management system the best way to secure endpoints across your network with ease, whether you are the end user or an administrator overseeing the use of devices. Here are seven of the most important components that DataLocker incorporates into our security solutions for organizations of all sizes.
The first line of defense is usually a good password, but not all users will take this step on their own. Set a strong password policy that is required for all devices. Keep access to your endpoints limited to those with the right password—and define administrators who can support password resets when needed.
Encryption ensures that all of your data on managed devices is unreadable to anyone who does not have the correct encryption key. With military-grade 256-bit encryption, devices are protected from brute-force attacks and attempts from unauthorized users to access the stored information.
Create restrictions on when or how devices can be used. Want your devices to only be accessible within certain geographic boundaries? Set a geofence to limit access to specific locations anywhere across the globe. Want to limit the types of files that can be stored on secured devices? Set a restriction to prevent the storage of unauthorized file types.
With an endpoint management system, you can track where your managed devices are being used, locate lost devices, kill stolen devices, push updates, allow password resets, set devices to read-only mode, and more. And all of this can be accomplished remotely, with no need to physically access the device in order to effectively manage it.
Managed devices can have virus protection and anti-malware defense installed across the board. Confirm that all information stored across your organization is scanned for viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other issues—and set protocols to automatically remove any found threats. Your administrators can then review reporting on all scans and incidents to ensure maintained security.
Generate detailed audits of your managed device inventory, including log-in statuses, failed unlocking attempts, and geolocation tracking. File auditing can help you see what files have been copied, deleted, or renamed on secured devices. These features support ongoing endpoint management as well as compliance requirements for various regulatory agencies.
Using a management system to secure endpoints means that your leadership team can set all the parameters and requirements and implement them throughout the network. There is no need for a lot of extensive training for team members or point-by-point application. It is all controlled right at your fingertips.
How can DataLocker help?
DataLocker uses AES 256-bit encryption standards to build security solutions that serve its clients’ hardware, software, and management needs—and is constantly striving to remain on the cutting edge of industry best practices.
DataLocker’s portfolio of innovative products include encrypted hard drives and encrypted virtual drives to give your organization the storage space you need, encrypted USB flash drives and encrypted external hard drives that provide secure removable media storage and transfer, and central management solutions with an interface that is easy to use and capable of managing secured devices from anywhere in the world. These solutions are designed to keep your data secure from end to end.
Plus, our products are FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) validated and compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act), DHS (Department of Homeland Security), NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), GLB (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), and other regulatory directives. That is why DataLocker’s patented encryption technology is used by military and government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, health care agencies, banking and financial institutions, and other organizations worldwide who prioritize keeping sensitive and proprietary information secured.
Your organization does not have to sacrifice security for convenience: invest in an endpoint management system that can protect your most important data from exposure and spare your team a public relations nightmare. Ready to learn how DataLocker can help you secure endpoints? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a sample or click here to request an evaluation!