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As we all know by now, malicious actors are taking advantage of remote and hybrid workers.

In a study Check Point conducted in early 2020, 39% of security professionals reported they were not confident with their existing endpoint protection solution. To help security professionals assess their options, Check Point has outlined 5 useful guiding principles for choosing the optimal endpoint security solution to keep in mind for the new hybrid working world.

1. Prevention-first approach 

We all know by now from seeing examples in the news, malware attacks can become costly for organisations. On average, the cost of a malware attack is estimated to reach $2.6 million per company. It's not just the monetary costs either, there is always the risk brand reputation and customer trust too.

Needless to say, preventing network breaches will always outdo detection and remediation.

2. AI-Driven multi-layered security

Today's security reality is complex and characterised by many layers. There are millions of strains of unknown malware and many sophisticated evasion techniques. This means that stopping today's most dangerous attacks requires inspecting more than one of these layers.

However, traditional solutions, including antivirus, sandboxing and legacy endpoint protection products, offer limited inspection and lack the sophistication required for such complexity.

To outwit today's sophisticated cybercriminals, the endpoint protection solution used must be driven by artificial intelligence and be able to inspect every later of the attack surface, going beyond traditional detection methods such as signatures and rules.

3. Post-infection remediation and recovery

Unfortunately, regardless of how comprehensive an organisations security solution may be, it shouldn't be assumed that the organisation won't get hit with a cyberattack.

Cyberattacks are constantly evolving and becoming increasingly sophisticated so it's critical to always be prepared and have robust post-infection remediation and recovery capabilities in place.

4. A consolidated security and threat intelligence architecture 

Ensuring a robust security plan is in place can become all the more complex when multiple solutions from multiple vendors need to be managed at once. By using multiple vendors, it can be more difficult to really see where the blind spots are.

5. Unified and cloud-based management 

An endpoint protection solution that serves as a single, unified agent can streamline processes, simplify management, and reduce the total cost of ownership.

Cloud-based solutions are growing in popularity, and the benefits are becoming well known. From elasticity to flexibility and scalability, there is no argument that cloud-based solutions are the way to go.