In the past, anti-virus was enough. Install it on all the computers on your network, train employees to recognize alerts, give the IT staff responsibility to monitor it, and move on. But, that’s no longer the case.

Smartphones, laptops, smart printers, and other endpoint devices increase the number of potential targets for malicious users and increase your risk of experiencing a breach. More and more, organizations are realizing the need for endpoint security to stay secure and compliant. Endpoint security helps to ensure the devices connecting to your network are compliant with your policies, and that, once in the network, they remain secure.

So, if you’re considering investing in endpoint security services, how can you make sure you get the best ROI? Here are three tips.

1. Get clear on your needs. Why do you need endpoint security services? Do most of your employees work from their own devices? Are you expected to become compliant with a stringent security framework? Or, is your IT team just stretched too thin? Whatever your reason, make sure you understand exactly which problems you’re trying to solve by contracting for endpoint security services.

2. Focus on attack prevention. If you want good ROI on your endpoint securityinvestment, you’ll need to ensure that the team you hire uses their time effectively.

Be leery of anyone who focuses on their ability to clean up after a threat agent has infiltrated. Why? Simple. It takes more time (and often, more money) to clean up a mess than to prevent it. There are some aspects of network security that can be automated. You want a team who will take advantage of automated technologies like anti-virus, anti-malware, and encryption to keep your data safe.

3. Active monitoring is key. There are some things that can’t be automated. And, if you’re looking to outsource endpoint security services, you’ve likely realized this already.Make sure your endpoint security team is actively managing network configurations and monitoring for patches. Again, the focus here is prevention and strengthening network security.

That said, attack methods are constantly changing, and it’s possible that, despite your best efforts, a malicious user could still make it into your network. You need a security team that’s consistently monitoring your network for any suspicious activity. It’s a misconception that a hacker will enter your network, take what he needs, and leave immediately.

Malicious users often stay in your network for a long time before leaving. But, can you blame them? They have access to a company’s most sensitive data and might be sitting on a jackpot. Even worse, according to a SANS survey, 20% of respondents didn’t even know whether their endpoints had been breached.

When technology fails, it’s important you have a vigilant team in place to catch the error. Endpoint security services have potential to provide huge value for organizations of all sizes. And, getting the best ROI is largely determined by understanding your organization’s needs and hiring a team who can meet them.

If you’re interested in learning more about how LBMC Information Security can provide endpoint security services tailored to your organization, just click here to contact us.