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Endpoint Security Solutions for the Growing Threat Landscape

How massive are the cyber threats we face? They border on incomprehensible. The world now has more than 1 billion malware programs in the wild, with 560,000 new pieces of malware being detected each day. It is no surprise that our organizations continue to be bombarded by attacks.

This situation mandates the need for robust endpoint security solutions for all organizations, regardless of size. However, the technology must be lightweight, versatile, and nondisruptive — to ensure users and network administrators embrace this critical element of a strong cyber defense.

Inconvenience Breeds Security Complacency

Regular scans to identify new threats and vulnerabilities to an organization can sometimes be seen as a necessary evil for both users and admins. While many users understand the importance of conducting regular endpoint security scans, if the software running the scan is burdensome and blocks productivity, they will be deferred. This delay puts organizations at risk. Perpetual delays increase that risk, particularly if an organization’s settings allow scans to be deferred indefinitely. Once the scan finally does run, often at the insistence of an admin, employees become disenfranchised with the importance of security.

To create a culture of compliance, organizations must challenge their inherent culture of complacency by introducing robust endpoint security solutions, which promote administrative flexibility, allowing security activities to happen at more convenient and flexible times, and lightweight performance.

Operating System and Device Diversity Requires Security Solution Flexibility

Beyond employee-based challenges, today’s network admins also are faced with the need to accommodate a broad range of operating systems and devices.

Executives, designers, and certain programmers tend to gravitate to macOS®, while network administrators and deeply technical stakeholders are known to prefer Linux-based operating systems. Everyone else falls in between, usually with a Windows® operating system. This OS (and inherently, device-centric) diversity can create challenges for administrators and business leaders who wish to empower with the tools they will feel productive using. As such, an endpoint security solution that balances these challenges is critical to ensuring security in the face of nuanced threats.

CylancePROTECT Offers Flexible and Lightweight Endpoint Security

BlackBerry is attuned to the needs of the modern workforce. This market understanding is demonstrated in the latest release of CylancePROTECT®.

  • Enhanced scheduling and on-demand system scans provide flexibility to run full system security scans at specified times, or as needed across specific endpoint OSes. Admins now have full control over when the scan runs and can easily schedule them in the administrator console, to minimize performance impact or to meet compliance requirements.
  • Users who have recently upgraded to macOS 13 Ventura are able to run, secure, and support their devices with the latest version of CylancePROTECT, end-to-end. This enhancement highlights BlackBerry’s lockstep timing with the market.
  • Ubuntu 22.04 support ensures customers with endpoints running this version of Linux® will have compatible kernel driver support from CylancePROTECT.
  • Finally, the CylancePROTECT console-based Linux driver management helps ensure Linux endpoints are always secure, with automated security driver updates significantly reducing management overhead. Customers can easily configure kernel drivers to be deployed when a Linux vendor releases a new kernel, as CylancePROTECT issues a corresponding new driver for that kernel. The ability to auto-update drivers to support the rapid release of updated kernels for Linux OSes simplifies and reduces management overhead. This also helps ensure Linux environments are always protected with CylancePROTECT when new Linux kernel drivers are deployed.

Getting Started with CylancePROTECT

To begin experiencing the security benefits of a lightweight endpoint security solution, which promptly and comprehensively embraces a wide range of devices and operating systems without burdening users or administrators, visit the CylancePROTECT product page.

AbdulRahman Khodr

About AbdulRahman Khodr

AbdulRahman Khodr is a cybersecurity product marketing manager at BlackBerry. 

Noah Campbell

About Noah Campbell

Noah Campbell was previously a Senior Elite Technical Marketing Specialist at BlackBerry.