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So you need to implement cybersecurity or an endpoint security program – but as is the case with many small-and-medium-sized business owners, you have no idea where to begin.

What you are sure of, however, is the need for improved cybersecurity for your organization. Not a day goes by that there isn?t some form of cyberattack story in the news, and those attacks are growing with rapid popularity and moving down from enterprise-level targets to the small businesses that previously were likely to be unharmed.

Luckily you came to the right place – and at the right time. Endpoint security is more important now than ever, and it?s not too hard to get into place with these four steps.

Understand the Endpoints You Need to Protect

The first step in a successful endpoint security program – or any cybersecurity program – is to define the needs of your organization first.

Endpoint security is critical because it specifically targets facets of you IT infrastructure that can be extra sensitive to attacks from outside sources. So, the first step is always figuring out what exactly those endpoints are to protect.

So first, take stock of the devices and tools your employees use and connect to your network. Do they commonly use desktops or laptops remote outside of work? What about smartphones and tablets, do those also have access to your systems and network? And the popularization of devices like wearables and IoT, what other devices that employees rely on could end up connecting to your networks?

Understanding what you need to protect is the critical first step in a successful endpoint security integration – because you can?t protect what you don?t know exists.

Prepare for Known and Unknown Threats

In terms of cybersecurity, most folks know at least a few terms that are floating around the technical zeitgeist. Malware, trojans, and phishing are a few of the popular terms these days, and it?s critical that your endpoint security plan effectively addresses these – but what about DDoS attacks and ransomware?

A successful endpoint security plan is going to prepare your organization for protection against known and unknown threats, and with the rate of cybercrime growth in the past 10 years, it?s going to be a lot more of the latter. That?s why it?s critical you choose a program that?s going to grow with your organization and grow with the evolving threats facing it – else you?ll be paying for security for threats that are too outdated to be of real importance.

Implement Automation

So you?ve figured out what you need to protect, and you?re working towards getting a plan in place – now what?

The next step is to ensure that when an attack occurs is occurring, the time to response is as low as possible. That?s made possible with automation. You never know when an attack could happen – it could be in the middle of the night, or during a critical sales meeting – and you might not have the time to jump onto the defensive immediately. Or, worse yet, you could forget to install or implement security updates that leave your organization that leave you vulnerable and make your entire security process invalid.

That?s why automation is important. You and your team have so many other things to juggle, having cybersecurity read to go at a moment?s notice should not be one of them. Whether it be an automated system to shut down access to networks during an attack, or just regularly updated software patches and updates, automation is the key last ingredient to a successful endpoint security program.

Work with Trusted Professionals

This is a lot to take in, especially the last step about automation and ensuring your system is running smoothly. Although some larger organizations may have the budget and bandwidth to hire entire IT teams dedicated to their cybersecurity, most smaller businesses are running on limited budgets and their time is valuable, which is why they tend to work with a local IT professional to handle the nitty gritty for them.

That?s where we can come into play. Our expert team of IT specialists at NENS are ready to tackle any security challenge – from implementation to automation – your organization may have as you set up a program. Plus, with our continued partnership we can offer the extended expertise and service you need to ensure your cybersecurity and endpoint security plans are consistently up-to-date and running smoothly.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and offerings, and how we can help make a successful endpoint security program one of the easiest things to accomplish on your to-do list.