As the need for telecommuting continuously increases, securing remote and hybrid workforces has become a mounting issue. Previously, companies used trust models that relied on aspects of many features of on-premise offices. They only permitted company-managed devices on the network, required a keycard to gain physical access to the building, and approved a limited number of approved apps allowed on devices, for instance. Unfortunately, many of these security measures can’t be duplicated in a remote work environment.
Since March 2020, 90 percent of global businesses have reported that a phishing attack has impacted their organization, with nearly 30 percent admitting that they were successfully phished. While this led to an increase in security budgets, 81 percent of business leaders report that they feel pressure to lower their security expenses following the pandemic. This has left many organizations wondering how to overcome security threats without overspending.
Microsoft has provided an answer for your Endpoint protection with their Microsoft Defender for Endpoint service, which promises automated threat protection to businesses. However, Defender alone may not provide the highest standard or protection for your remote and hybrid working business. Let’s look at what Defender for Endpoint is, and how you can augment it with a Security Operations Center (SOC) to create a fortified remote work environment.