Adopt modern and agile cloud-based cybersecurity solutions –

Last year, businesses around the world suffered 50% more weekly cyberattacks than in 2020. The same research highlighted how threat actors have increasingly used SMS phishing (smishing ) to distribute malware.

They have also invested heavily in hacking social media accounts to gain access to mobile devices.

Given the distributed work environment that has become commonplace in South Africa, businesses must therefore do more to protect endpoints, messaging systems and cloud-based productivity suites.

There is no denying that cloud adoption continues to grow. And since many companies are rapidly moving to a cloud-based infrastructure to meet their growth needs and allow employees to stay operational regardless of their geographic location, securing this environment must be a priority.

Email and endpoints are important sources of compromise, as they are the vectors that benefit the most from human error.

People are still clicking on suspicious links, and they still have few cybersecurity measures installed on their personal mobile devices.

Remote work has only exacerbated this challenge as people are more prone than ever to fall for email attacks and submit (via phishing) their account credentials to malicious users.

It has become one of the most pressing cybersecurity challenges facing local businesses today.

how to defend

To address these immediate cybersecurity issues while protecting against emerging threats, the business must take a proactive stance when it comes to protecting its email and productivity suites. These must be hardened to prevent attacks before they reach users, the weakest link in the IT environment. What has become apparent over the past couple of years is just how much cloud adoption can expose corporate data and accounts when employees don’t practice good cybersecurity hygiene.

But protecting this hyper-distributed workspace requires extensive security features on users’ devices, apps, and networks.

The integration of this sprawling defensive real estate can easily lead to the emergence of security vulnerabilities and cumbersome infrastructure that is difficult to manage and scale. Just consider the cloud-based touchpoints that need to be protected.

There’s endpoint security from a device perspective, VPN remote access, mobile security, safe internet browsing, and email security all trying to work in harmony with each other. .

Complete Protection

Whether a company uses Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace, they are looking to reduce the complexity of protecting their data and employees from compromise. Being able to provide comprehensive threat protection for email and productivity suites has become a priority.

Unfortunately, traditional email protection solutions only protect email accounts and not the productivity suite apps they integrate with. These solutions are also deployed outside of the cloud mailbox and do not block internal email attacks in real time.

With nearly half (49%) of enterprises globally unable to detect an attack or breach on employee-owned devices, now is the time for technology and business leaders to think differently about cybersecurity.

The mobile threat will only get worse as more local businesses adopt hybrid working practices. The old method of protecting against mobile threats is no longer good enough.

mobile first

With the availability of more sophisticated technologies like those from Check Point, a new generation of cybersecurity solutions is emerging.

Capable of handling everything from phishing attempts to malicious attachments or zero-day ransomware, these fully integrated endpoint solutions are powered by artificial intelligence engines and continuously learning threat intelligence networks to stop attacks before they happen.

They can protect against mobile attacks across vectors, including the application, network, and operating system layers. The most effective use real-time threat intelligence to actively defend against zero-day phishing campaigns.

They also use URL filtering to block access to known malicious websites from any browser. One of the key differentiators is a solution that can apply conditional access to ensure that even if a mobile device is infected, it cannot access corporate apps and data.

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