Enterprise Connected Devices (ECDs) refer to any device which interacts with, holds, or processes an organisation’s data. As a result of the broad range of devices, ECDs can encompass other devices depending on their use. They can cross over to multiple other device classes, including End-user devices, the Internet of things, and Distinct ECDs.
These mainly refer to laptops and computers, phones, the devices connected to the Internet, and specialist equipment that may not always be available to the public.
With the growing number of items and devices that require access to the Internet and the amount of use they get every day, the risk increases. These devices are an excellent target for potential criminal activity as they are likely to hold confidential data, either private or work-based.
This can lead to lateral movement from one device to another over the network. Therefore it is crucial to have all devices protected and catalogued so that they can be monitored and any devices other than those meant for work can be removed from the environment.
To minimise this threat, use only the necessary devices at your offices and protect your network connection and devices in the best way you can.
An in-depth look into enterprise devices can be found published by the NCSC: Organisational use of Enterprise Connected Devices – NCSC.GOV.UK