When I was a kid my parents would always ask, “David, why do you need an Xbox?” or “Why do you need this new game?” As a kid, it was sometimes hard to come up with a valid reason why I needed a new game or gaming device. Now that I have made my transition from a college student to full-time IT professional, I am faced with new questions. Specifically, “Why do I need endpoint protection?” The answer to this question isn’t as complicated as you might think.
Backing up your endpoints is something that every business, small or large, should be doing. There is a plethora of reasons why we need to protect our endpoints. Like all humans, we make mistakes. User error, although a mistake, can still be detrimental to a business. Accidental deletion of data is something that happens far too often. As users of desktops and laptops we are also susceptible to hardware failure. Most of a user’s data resides on a single hard drive, thus a hard drive failure can result in a catastrophic loss of data.
User errors and hard drive failure are not the only threats to the data that reside on your endpoints. Cybercrime, such as ransomware, has been on the rise this year. According to the FBI, $209 million dollars were paid in ransoms in Q1 2016, putting ransomware on course to become a $1+ billion industry by the end of 2016. It’s important to note that just because you pay the ransom does not necessarily mean you are guaranteed to get your data back! A hospital in Wichita, Kansas, learned this the hard way. (more…)