5 Benefits of Endpoint Protection

by | Sep 29, 2023 | 0 comments

In the fast-paced world of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), every resource counts. Your devices are no exception. They are essential to your business operations, enabling productivity, communication, and growth. But just like a well-maintained car performs better and lasts longer, your devices also benefit from regular upkeep. That’s where Sand Communication comes in, with our Endpoint Maintenance service, tailored specifically to the needs of SMBs. This blog will highlight the 5 main benefits of keeping your endpoints serviced.

Even for enterprise IT teams, endpoint maintenance often gets overlooked due to lack of time/resources. According to a recent study carried out by the Poneman Institute, 75% of respondents admitted that they have fallen behind on their endpoint maintenance, specifically on patch management. The scale and complexity of IT environments is a contributing factor as to why. So if you feel like you are left scrambling to keep up with all the applications, software and services, book a free consultation today and see how Sand can help get you back on track.
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The Significance of Endpoint Maintenance

Endpoint Maintenance plays a pivotal role in ensuring robust security and business continuity.

A poignant example is the Equifax data breach, attributed to an unpatched software vulnerability that the IT department didn’t have the bandwidth to address. The aftermath of this breach saw then-CEO Richard Smith taking ultimate responsibility for a massive data breach that impacted over 140 million consumers. This incident serves as a stark reminder that both business and IT leaders bear equal responsibility for preventing data breaches.

IT teams require streamlined processes, while corporate executives need to allocate the necessary resources to empower IT in fulfilling this role. Unfortunately, this balance remains elusive. According to a Ponemon Institute study, IT teams spend an average of 1,156 hours weekly on manual processes related to managing and securing endpoints.

The Need for a Better Endpoint Maintenance:

In light of these challenges, businesses, particularly SMBs, must devise more effective endpoint maintenance strategies.
Overreliance on manual processes leaves organizations vulnerable to attacks leveraging artificial intelligence and scripted exploits, which can quickly exploit weaknesses in the system. To fortify their defenses, SMBs should prioritise the automation of the following 5 crucial processes:

1. Software Updates and Patching:

Automating the identification and installation of software updates and patches is paramount to keep systems secure and up-to-date. This proactive approach minimises vulnerabilities that malicious actors can exploit.

2. Security Monitoring and Threat Detection:

Automated systems can continuously monitor network traffic and endpoints for suspicious activities, quickly identifying and responding to potential threats, safeguarding sensitive data.

3. Inventory Management:

Automation streamlines the tracking and management of hardware and software assets, ensuring accurate records and helping prevent unauthorized access or usage.

4. Backup and Recovery:

Regular automated backups ensure data integrity and provide a safety net in case of data loss due to hardware failures, cyberattacks, or accidental deletions.

5. Policy Enforcement:

Automating the enforcement of security policies ensures that all endpoints adhere to company security standards, reducing the risk of vulnerabilities caused by human error.

By embracing automation for these critical tasks, you can enhance your endpoint security, streamline operations, and free up IT resources to focus on stategic initiatives.

However, not everyone has the resources to do this. And that is why we are offering our Endpoint Maintenance service. You can partner with us to ensure your IT infrastructure is secure, safe and prepared for the future.

WHY WORK WITH SAND COMMUNICATIONS?

Our Endpoint Maintenance service aims to provide a comprehensive solution to enhance performance, streamline the software environment, and prolong the lifespan of your devices. This is better for the environment by reducing electronic waste and also better for your budget as it is significantly cheaper than having to replace devices. By addressing both software and hardware aspects, we can ensure your devices remain a reliable and efficient tool for your daily business operations.

Software Evaluation:

We’ll start by conducting a thorough evaluation of your installed software. Our expert team will identify and remove unnecessary applications, commonly referred to as bloatware. This process ensures that your device’s resources are focused on the software you actually use, leading to improved speed and responsiveness.

Disk Space check and OneDrive Backup:

Our technicians will assess the current state of your disk space. If your PC’s storage is running low, we can back up your files to Microsoft OneDrive This cloud-based solution not only frees up valuable local storage but also allows you to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection.

Updating Drivers and Microsoft:

Keeping your drivers and Microsoft software up to date is crucial not just for performance but also for security purposes. Our service includes a comprehensive check for outdated drivers and Microsoft updates. We’ll ensure that you are running on the latest version, enhancing stability, and protecting your system from vulnerabilities.

Memory Check:

Memory (RAM) plays a vital role in your devices multitasking capabilities. During the service we will examine your memory configuration. If your system has less than 8GB of RAM, we’ll discuss the benefits of upgrading. Increasing your memory can lead to smoother multitasking, faster application loading times and an overall improvement in performance.

Physical Service:

Our hands-on approach involves several physical tasks to optimise your device’s performance. This includes reapplying thermal paste to your CPU, helping to dissipate heat more effectively. We will also perform air dusting to remove the accumulated dust from internal components, ensuring efficient airflow and preventing overheating. Finally, we will carefully reseat the motherboard, enhancing connections and minimising potential hardware-related issues.

To schedule a service or learn more, please contact our expert team of IT professionals here.