Information is the lifeblood of the modern organization – but if improperly guarded, it can be an Achilles’ heel, which is why information security is essential.
IT administrators are therefore tasked with performing a sort of balancing act: How much freedom can they give users without jeopardizing data? It’s a tricky position to be in, but it’s a pickle that can be remedied with refined measures. Here are some key examples for how these information security measures can benefit an organization:
1. Lockdown for Public-Access Machines
Many organizations such as libraries, airports, testing centers and retailers are in the position of providing public access on certain machines. From a security standpoint, this is risky since every single endpoint on a network is also an attack vector. At the same time, not granting access to increasingly common amenities such as self-service kiosks could result in lost opportunities for excellent customer service.
The more effective way around this problem is to use a computer management tool that enables desktop lockdown. Specifically, unauthenticated users would have restricted access to a specific set of applications, and even then, they would be unable to launch any unauthorized executable through those applications (i.e. a web browser). Likewise, USB ports and disk drives can be deactivated to prevent malicious uploads or attempted data theft.
2. User Login and Software Compliance Tracking
User tracking and software compliance are critical components of endpoint management.
The ability to track user login sessions is important for several reasons. For one, it helps administrators understand when