In recent years, research has shown that a majority of cyber attacks start by compromising an endpoint, not by breaching an organization’s security perimeter. Many organizations are deploying endpoint security platforms that defend against endpoint attacks using next-generation antivirus (NGAV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), User Behavioral Analytics (UBA) and more.
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In the cloud, endpoint protection is even more important. Cloud architectures have a large number of endpoints and require a higher level of visibility. Endpoint protection tools can help organizations regain control over cloud workloads, and protect the weakest link of their security posture.
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In an on-premises data center, endpoint security is used to protect devices like workstations, mobile phones and servers from cyber attacks. In the cloud, endpoints take a different shape—they may machine instances provided by services like Amazon EC2, storage volumes or buckets, or managed services like Amazon RDS.
It may appear that as you move to the cloud, there is less of a need for endpoint security. However, the opposite is the case. As workloads move to the cloud, the number of endpoints grows exponentially, endpoints change more frequently, and there is less central control and visibility. Each cloud endpoint is a potential entry point for attackers, and should be protected with a consistent layer of endpoint protection.
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A private cloud is entirely within your organization’s control, and so it may appear that endpoints in a private cloud are inherently more secure. However, private cloud endpoints are still vulnerable to attack:
Lastly, an organization needs to determine how its private cloud security interoperates with other corporate information and workloads away from the personal cloud. If any data is shared or exchanged, as in many hybrid cloud architectures, additional measures need to be implemented, such as integrating endpoint security management with security tools used for the cloud.
Hybrid cloud lets organizations manage a private cloud for critical data, while enjoying the scalability and affordability of the public cloud for large-volume storage, additional computing capacity, and dev/test environments. Endpoints deployed either on-premises or in the public cloud in a hybrid model are vulnerable to attack vectors affecting both public and private cloud environments.
Even more significantly, hybrid cloud endpoints are vulnerable to security concerns with the integration points between the on-premises data center and the public cloud. Security concerns include:
A public cloud is susceptible to attackers that may not be visible to IT and security staff and may not be under their control. Typically, the cloud provider is responsible for security measures of the cloud environment, and cloud users take responsibility for securing their workloads and configuring access in a secure way. Therefore, public cloud deployments are also vulnerable to private cloud and hybrid cloud security challenges outlined above.
Many organizations use multiple computing models, including public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) like Amazon EC2, Platform as a Service like Amazon Lambda and Software as a Service (SaaS) such as SalesForce or Microsoft Office 365. Identifying all the endpoints on each of these platforms, understanding the access controls made available by each cloud provider, and ensuring all endpoints are configured correctly, can be a challenge. Without specialized tools, you will not have central visibility and control over all public cloud endpoints, and may have to “hunt” for them and identify security configuration issues one by one.
Cynet 360 provides autonomous breach protection for cloud workloads, just like it does for on-premises machines. The Cynet 360 agent deploys seamlessly across machines in AWS, Azure and other cloud provides, proactively protecting from malware execution and monitoring for all process, network and user activities.
Cynet 360 empowers security managers to consolidate breach protection in one integrated interface, protecting on-prem, public cloud or hybrid infrastructure with one pane of glass.