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Cisco: Do you trust the endpoints connecting to your network?

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Trust gets a bad rap in the security industry, but in reality, it’s a necessary part of any relationship. Without trust, today’s organizations couldn’t function, and productivity would come to a screeching halt. The thing is – how do you know that the devices coming onto your network are trustworthy?

We already verify user access to the network. In fact, access to the corporate network is the critical juncture in which you need flexibility for your employees to connect while still enforce effective security control on your network. We are all familiar with the username and password method of authentication. While this is still is an effective way to authenticate the user, this does nothing to verify the integrity of the user’s endpoint (whether that’s a PC or mobile device) when connected to the network.

Security experts estimate one-third of all endpoints that connect to the corporate network are insecure. When the average employee is using multiple devices at work, this creates multiple chances for an insecure endpoint to access sensitive information, or an infected one to spread malware. Vigilance on what is on your network is just as important as who is on the network.

This is why posture is so important. But what is posture? Posture is the compliant state of an endpoint. Companies establish criteria on how an endpoint is supposed to be configured to allow it access to the corporate network. Posture can include:

Read the entire article here, Do you trust the endpoints connecting to your network?

Via the fine folks at Cisco Systems.

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