Think Data Security, Not Endpoint Security

Think Data Security, Not Endpoint Security
A strong data protection strategy is essential to protect information as it moves across endpoints and in the cloud.

INTEROP 2019 – LAS VEGAS – Endpoint security is a common concern among organizations, but security teams should be thinking more broadly about protecting data wherever it resides.


"If you're just focusing on device protection and not data protection, you're missing a lot," said Shawn Anderson, executive security advisor for Microsoft's Cybersecurity Solutions Group, at the Interop conference held this week in Las Vegas. Rather than add multiple endpoint security products to corporate machines, he urged his audience of IT and security pros to think about protecting their data.


Sixty percent of data is leaked electronically, Anderson said, and 40% is leaked physically. When an organization is breached, the incident costs an average of $240 per record. The average cost of a data breach was $4 million in 2017, a year when hackers stole more than six billion records.


As more devices jump online, the risk to businesses and their information continues to grow. Nine billion devices equipped with microcontrollers are deployed in appliance, equipment, and toys each year. Fewer than one percent are now connected. But that number will grow, and "highly secured" IoT devices require properties many devices don't have: certificate-based authentication, automatic security updates, hardware root of trust, a computing base protected from bugs in other code.


All computers within an organization – laptops, smartphones, tablets, a rapidly growing pool of IoT devices – are collecting larger amounts of data. Some of it is kept on the machine but more of it is moving to the cloud, which is powering the number of alerts companies handle. Microsoft analyzes 6.5 trillion threat signals daily, Anderson pointed out, up from 1.2 trillion a few years ago.


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