In the quest for secure systems, there is still one important weak point that many private and public sector organizations are still overlooking: endpoint devices. These are devices such as PCs, printers, scanners, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones and smart meters, which carry important and private information from both staff and citizens. Though these devices might seem innocuous, they’re being increasingly preyed upon by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive information.
In the average home, we may be more aware of the growing number of connected devices — from thermostats, to televisions, gaming systems and smart home devices. However, in a public sector setting, it can be easy to overlook the sheer volume of connected devices, all of which open up the public sector networks to vulnerabilities.
Making things more complicated is the sheer number of endpoints public sectors have to deal with. Employing more than 20 million people, federal, state and local governments are using a lot of connected devices in the workplace, and many struggle to track how many they have deployed.