Network endpoint growth is explosive due to the surge in mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In today’s always-on world, work/life lines have blurred thanks to smartphones, laptops, and other devices that can be used for work. Along the same lines, companies need to be able to host these devices — especially companies that have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy — on their own networks and, in some situations, provide remote access, while keeping networks and data safe in the process.
Consider a recent data breach at a major retailer, which occurred due to an outside HVAC contractor that had remote access to a system. While the retailer’s system was secure, the HVAC contractor’s network was breached, leading to confidential customer financial information being stolen from the retailer as the networks connected. Contractor remote access security isn’t something that most companies consider, but they should know exactly what is connected to their network at any time and how safe that connection is — or in that case, isn’t.
Companies that have BYOD policies offer their employees the ability to work on their chosen devices, but this also means that IT no longer owns most devices that connect to their network. Just look at these numbers:
- 41% of devices connected to a network in 2017 were user-owned
- 50% of devices connected to a network in 2018 will be user-owned2
The first step to network security is understanding just what’s connected to your network — in the form of laptops, tablets, smartphones, and IoT devices. These all increase your potential for attack and can significantly compromise enterprise security, not to mention confidential internal and customer data that shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. It’s time to have more visibility into who’s on the network at any given time, which can be determined with the help of network policy management solutions brought to you by ePlus like ClearPass from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
ePlus solves today’s security challenges across any multivendor wired or wireless networks by replacing outdated legacy systems with context-aware policies and delivers visibility, policy control, and workflow automation in one cohesive solution. With Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the Aruba ClearPass portfolio of network security and policy management software you can identify what’s on your network, enforce smart policies, protect your resources via dynamic policy controls, and secure BYOD and IoT devices.
ePlus offers a holistic approach to securing data and developing strong risk management frameworks that enable organizations to reduce overall risk; prevent, defend against, and recover from malicious cyberattacks; ensure enterprise security and data security across a new digital landscape; build strong security cultures; and support innovation and digital transformation with enhanced visibility, control, and mitigation across cloud, mobile, and IoT environments.
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 IHS Markit, “Get Connected: Building Your Digital Workplace,” Dec 2016.