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Security of data is better integrated into your system than just being a routine carried out by a personnel; this point is usually ingrained with this analogy “endpoint security is like butter and bread, its better baked in and not just brushed on”.

Computers in the real sense are designed to have little or no security. By default, most computer users’ have multiple services turned on, no firewall installed, and with haphazard or little patching, leaving organization’s data susceptible to phishing. All these forces combined make computers (more importantly data contained in the system) vulnerable to hacking, as hackers can remotely scan and hack into literally millions of computers without the need for interaction by the end user.

To combat this, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) have worked tirelessly to build security into computers by deploying firewalls enabled by default, reducing services, using advanced memory protection, standardized the patching processes and other features. As a result of their approach to computer safety, computers have become more secure. However, data contained in computers and servers are largely still vulnerable to attacks by hackers and phishers.

The next generation of system users and technologists have come to embrace the idea of computing and securing data in the cloud. However, it is imperative to ask this question, how does your company use the cloud? Almost certainly it allows your employees to work more efficiently by enabling them to access email and vital documents wherever they are in the world. But, are you taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud to protect your email servers, support data privacy and integrity, and protect your intellectual property from cyber theft and phishing? If yes, what technology did you adopt? Is the technology adopted optimized to serve your needs? (Included in this are security needs you are not even aware of).

For over half a decade, the cyber security industry has taken a massive step forward by going cloud. Cloud based solutions have the capacity to process enormous quantity of data quickly and with high automation, giving end-user greater and better visibility and a firm grip and control over their worldwide assets. Cloud-based security also enables a various set of endpoints to be managed simultaneously, regardless of physical location, and it does this in split seconds.

Worthy examples of cloud based services that have become the focal points of operations for businesses world-over are the likes of Amazon, Google, LinkedIn and Salesforce. Cloud-based cyber security is similar to this in both innovation and efficiency.

Cloud based security has become the present and future of securing email and protecting against malicious web traffic; for managing user account, identification and accesses; for continuously monitoring threat activities and patching vulnerabilities across a geographically dispersed and mobile workforce (hence, your data is secured no matter the geographical location of your employee); for aggregating and analyzing huge volumes of security-related data; and, ultimately, for detecting, containing and mitigating incidents amongst other things, malware that threatens the data and information of businesses and organizations.

The evolution of cloud-based security and the influx of cyber-security solutions have left end-users in dilemma of the best security to adopt for their business and organizations; this led to research by Cyber-security experts comparing cloud-based end-point security solutions using several benchmarks (visit  for report).

The reports however, posits that  Webroot Secure Anywhere Endpoint Protection  is the next generation protection that gives users full control of their data and assets with maximum protection from hackers and phishers.

Webroot  is the Next-Generation Endpoint security with cloud-based threat intelligence services for mobile security, security of web gateway, IoT cybersecurity amongst others. One of Webroot’s key strengths as a cybersecurity provider has been its leadership in developing next generation approaches to prevent attacks, and a proven technology base that spans millions of devices.

Damilola Oluwatunmise is based in Lagos.

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