By 2030, experts predict that there will be over 40 million connected devices worldwide. These “devices” are a variety of endpoints, such as laptops, smartphones, computers, and more. Businesses and organizations around the world rely on these endpoints to complete tasks, communicate, and access information. In this overview, we’ll go over the different types of endpoint devices and how they affect an IT environment.
What are endpoint devices
Endpoint devices are physical, electronic devices that connect to and communicate with a computer network. The communication between an endpoint and its network is often compared to two people speaking over the phone. Just as information is passed between the two people on the phone, information is passed between an endpoint and its network when the two are connected.
Different types of endpoint devices
There are many types of endpoint devices out there, and while some people automatically assume that all devices are endpoints, that’s not true. According to Cloudflare, “Infrastructure devices on which the network runs are considered customer premise equipment (CPE) rather than endpoints.” Below, you’ll find endpoints grouped together under the first section and devices that are not endpoints grouped under the second section.
- Desktop computers
- Internet of Things (IoT) devices
- Network gateways
- Load balancers
6 types of endpoint security risks
Although endpoint security tools and practices have improved greatly in recent years, the number of endpoint attacks still continues to rise. Cybriant has plenty of scary statistics to prove this; for instance, they explain that “68% of organizations were victims of endpoint attacks in 2019, and 42% of all endpoints are unprotected at any given time.” To protect your business, it’s best to prepare for specific endpoint security risks, such as:
Ransomware is a type of endpoint attack that prevents an organization from accessing its files, data, and other important information or systems until a ransom is paid. According to TechTarget, ransomware attacks increased by 105% in 2021 alone.
2) Social engineering
Social engineering is a type of security attack that uses deception and manipulation to trick people into revealing confidential information, such as passwords or access codes. Since cybercriminals use social engineering in 90% of security attacks, one of the best ways to secure your endpoints is to train your employees how to spot and avoid social engineering tactics.
3) Device loss
Mobile endpoints, such as smartphones and laptops, are easy to lose. In fact, 70 million smartphones are lost each year, and only 7% are recovered. With numbers such as these, it’s no wonder that device loss is on the list of endpoint security risks.
4) Data breaches
There are many IT horror stories out there that show just how costly data breaches can be. In addition to data breaches, unsecured endpoints can also suffer from data loss, which occurs when data is accidentally deleted and unable to be recovered.
5) Insufficient encryption
Data encryption is a second layer of security for data. Even if cybercriminals get their hands on confidential data, they will be unable to decipher it if it is encrypted. However, if the data is not encrypted, it will not have this second layer of security to rely on if an attack occurs.
6) Unpatched systems
Unpatched systems leave endpoints vulnerable to attacks, and system vulnerabilities are currently one of the top causes of data breaches. However, with the right patch management software, businesses can automate processes to ensure that all endpoints are patched, up-to-date, and secure.
Best practices for managing endpoint devices
Protect all endpoints
Endpoints are the doors to your organization’s data. Ensure that your endpoints are protected at all times to prevent data breaches and other cybersecurity attacks. To discover how many endpoints you have on a network, conduct an inspection to create an up-to-date IT asset inventory.
Follow zero-trust principles
Zero-trust is a principle that IT professionals use when configuring endpoint devices. Essentially, the main concept behind zero-trust policies is to trust nothing and secure everything. This means that no applications are allowed to run except the applications that are approved by security. Implement zero-trust principles when configuring endpoint devices to add an additional layer of security.
Set up automated patching
Patching can be time-consuming and monotonous, but it plays a significant role in protecting endpoints. One easy way to make patching easier is to set up automated patching processes while following patch management best practices.
Monitor and analyze endpoint data
Endpoint management tools, such as NinjaOne, allow technicians to monitor and analyze live endpoint data. This allows IT professionals to track and measure endpoint performance to assess device health and security.
How NinjaOne helps MSPs and internal IT manage endpoint devices
NinjaOne’s endpoint management solution allows IT professionals to gain visibility and control over all endpoints on a network. Currently, NinjaOne is compatible with three groups of endpoints:
Windows, Mac, and Linux servers, along with workstations and laptops
HyperV and VMware, virtual machine hosts, and guests
SNMP-enabled devices, such as networking devices, NAS devices, servers, websites/web endpoints; NinjaOne can monitor for availability and uptime on these types of devices
With NinjaOne, endpoint management is a simple and easy process. To manage and monitor devices within the NinjaOne tool, follow these steps:
1) From NinjaOne dashboard, navigate to Organizations tab
2) Locate an org and click into it
3) You now should see all devices associated with the org
4) Select a device to see the device record/general overview of the device
5) In device record, you can find general device information, live device performance and health metrics, and more
6) For additional device information, navigate from the overview page that you are currently on to the details page, where you'll find memory, processors, disk volume, network adaptors, etc
With NinjaOne in your toolbelt, you’ll have access to top-of-the-line RMM, patch management, and endpoint management solutions. From automated patching to live device performance data, this software solution has everything you need to keep your endpoints organized and protected at all times. Test NinjaOne with this free trial to find out why it's the right solution for your IT environment.