What is an Endpoint Strategy?

By and large, endpoints (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) are the core vehicle through which employees complete their work every day. These endpoints are also highly susceptible to malware, theft, loss, damage and accidental data deletion – creating a significant business risk. As a result, it is critical that modern enterprises not only back up and protect their endpoints, but that they think bigger picture in terms of designing and implementing a more holistic “endpoint strategy.”

An endpoint strategy is comprised of several key attributes. These include:

  • Endpoint Protection: Backups should occur frequently, to enable data to be recovered to the point in time as close as possible to the data outage. At the same time, however, they must happen transparently to the end user to avoid impeding or halting productivity.
  • Endpoint Security: Data must be encrypted at rest and in flight. Additionally, as more data is hosted in third-party clouds, IT professionals should look for the ability to retain control over data access. Although data may be hosted by a third party, it is still the customer’s responsibility to secure that data.
  • Data Loss Prevention: Remote wipe is a key capability, because endpoints may be lost or stolen in the field, and as a result become inaccessible to remove sensitive company data. This also adds a level of protection as users leave the organization, having forgotten to wipe data or who may be a risk for malicious activity.
  • Compliance: Regulations such as the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have strict regulations over data retention. This naturally also extends to endpoints. As a result, the endpoint strategy should include policy-based retention policies, to more quickly and easily ensure that these regulations are adhered to.

Register now to attend Storage Switzerland’s on demand webinar with Carbonite, “Is It Time to Upgrade Your Endpoint Data Strategy?”. The webinar will explore in more detail what to be sure to include in your endpoint strategy, and what to look for in vendor solutions.

All those who register will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest report “Moving on From Mozy Endpoint.”

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Senior Analyst, Krista Macomber produces analyst commentary and contributes to a range of client deliverables including white papers, webinars and videos for Storage Switzerland. She has a decade of experience covering all things storage, data center and cloud infrastructure, including: technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her previous experience includes leading the IT infrastructure practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research, and leading market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

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