Admit it—when you were a kid, you checked your closet for monsters or underneath your bed, fearing that your worst nightmare was out to get you. For IT leaders, there’s something a lot scarier than the boogeyman: a security breach. Desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets are endpoints that represent vulnerable points of entry for cybercriminals. These endpoints can be used to access high-value information, or held for ransom. With organizations becoming more mobile, and users connecting to internal resources from off-premise endpoints all over the world, securing these devices can seem like trying to hit a moving target. Here are the top three requirements for securing your endpoints:

1. Turn threat intelligence into prevention automatically

Threat intelligence gained elsewhere through encounters with new and unique attacks, such as third-party intelligence service providers and public threat intelligence-sharing constructs, must enable endpoint agents to instantly prevent known malware, identify and block unknown malware, and stop both from infecting endpoints.

2. Keep legacy systems secure

Organizations might not always deploy available system updates and security patches immediately—either because doing so would interfere with, diminish or eliminate critical operational capabilities, or because patches might not be available for legacy systems and software that have reached end of life. A complete endpoint security solution must support unpatchable systems by preventing the exploitation of known or unknown software vulnerabilities, regardless of the availability or application of security patches.

3. Provide independent verification for industry compliance requirements

Regulatory compliance often requires organizations that fall within a given jurisdiction to implement antivirus to secure their endpoints. In order to proactively protect endpoints while meeting compliance requirements, endpoint security vendors that replace existing antivirus solutions should be able to provide third-party validation to help their customers achieve or maintain compliance.

Get the full list of requirements for securing endpoints here.

Are your endpoints effectively secured?

Delivered by Sirius, Palo Alto Networks’ advanced endpoint protection replaces traditional antivirus software with a unique combination of purpose-built malware protection. The program uses prevention methods that pre-emptively block known and unknown threats from compromising a system.

Let us help you create a plan. Our team of experts can provide tailored solutions that cover the entire security life cycle. Whether you are struggling with policy and procedures, identity and access management, application development or general infrastructure, Sirius can provide a plan to protect your data and reduce your risk. Connect with one of our experts today!