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ISP and Next-Gen Endpoint Security – How Secure is Your Internet?

ISP and Endpoint Security

IT security innovation aims to stay one step ahead of hackers, malware technology, and other emerging digital threats. While the cybersecurity technology market is booming, so is the lucrative practice of stealing data and holding victims for ransom. This makes next-gen endpoint security the new standard.

Cybercriminals are creating 1.4 million phishing sites a month, ransomware damages have increased 15x over the last two years and DDoS attacks have quadrupled in size, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Spending on cybersecurity is predicted to grow from $86.4 billion in 2017 to well over $1 trillion by 2021.

The internet of things (IoT) security is only adding to the burden. Every day new kinds of devices are connected to the internet, and each type poses a unique threat. They’re potentially vulnerable to hackers, malware, and DDoS takeover. Although there are a number of ways to guard against internet hacking, yet cybersecurity is an urgent concern.

In today’s digital world, hyper-connected business eco-system, there virtually isn’t an industry, organization or part of the world that’s safe from attack. So, it’s hardly surprising many organizations are looking outside their own walls and upstream to their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for endpoint security and help in protecting their critical infrastructure.

Given their unique access and insights into data traffic, ISPs are positioned to help cut off bad traffic before it has a chance to wreak havoc on your networks. But before you designate your ISP as the first line of defense protecting your information, it’s critical you understand how secure is your internet? Also, ask the right questions to find out how the internet service providers are protecting their infrastructure…and, ultimately, your data.

How Does Your Internet Service Provider Aid You with Endpoint  Security?

A general method any good ISP follows for endpoint security is also a part of Charter Spectrum internet security protocols and includes the following steps:

  • Block incoming connections on some well-known ports (e.g. port 139, the classic port for Windows file sharing).
  • Block spam, virus and other malware sent over email.
  • “Block” some sites by removing the DNS mappings (the customer can still access them, but the ISP DNS server will not resolve the names).
  • Block outgoing connections to random external sites over port 25 (not all ISP do that, but many do).
  • Remember that, ultimately, the ISP does not protect customers; an ISP protects itself.

A good ISP will also apply a number of controls on its own infrastructure (firewalls, intrusion detection, redundancy…) in order to maintain its service, which can be viewed, indirectly, as a “protection” for its customers.

Charter Spectrum internet service is also guarded by a Security Suite along with other efforts to ensure maximum security is provided and you have the maximum of endpoint security. You can click on the link above or contact Spectrum internet customer service number for a detailed answer to your internet security concern.

Conclusion

The threat landscape has changed. Once again the endpoint is becoming increasingly important. Next-gen endpoint security is not an empty marketing slogan – it definitely adds the new security approaches that help to protect against these threats. However, there is still a significant difference in the quality of the various next-gen solutions. The biggest differences are in the smallest details. A sound quality evaluation is extremely important when choosing optimal endpoint security.

Don’t worry – asking these questions isn’t overstepping the boundaries of being a “good” customer. ISPs with your best interests in mind won’t mind being transparent about their security practices to help make sure you have found the right fit for your business needs.

 

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