Why Companies Need Endpoint Protection
Endpoint protection, also known as endpoint security, is a security solution that addresses malicious cyber-attacks from endpoint devices, such as zero-day exploits, inadvertent data leaks that result from human error, and other forms of attacks.
Anti-virus solutions alone cannot prevent targeted and persistent attacks, which makes endpoint protection a necessity for almost any organization that handles sensitive and protected data. It is a complementary solution for the entire security system. They provide centrally managed security for workstations, servers, and mobile devices that connect to the organization’s main network.
Endpoint Protection Platforms Used for Enterprise Security
The best and most comprehensive endpoint protection platforms are designed specifically to integrate with other IT security solutions to create a more proactive protection for the organization. This goes beyond just preventing malware attacks, as it also provides data protection capabilities, file encryption, device controls, and data loss prevention to create a comprehensive endpoint protection solution.
How Endpoint Protection Works
Enterprises and organizations are coming to terms with bring-your-own-device models in the office, which essentially means employees can use their own endpoint devices at work, including mobile phones and laptop computers. All these devices connect to the main network, and in creating and enforcing rules using endpoint protection, it is possible to protect sensitive data from unauthorized copying and transfers based on data classification.
Normally, endpoint protection would include network access control functions, which will prevent unauthorized access to the network and sensitive data contained within it. This solution would first evaluate the endpoint device that connects to the network before permitting it access, checking its applications, software, and operating system, making sure that everything is up to date and meets the pre-defined security standards of the organization. If all goes well, it is granted access. But if something is wrong and there is potential for vulnerability, it is denied and the network is not compromised.
In an enterprise environment, endpoint protection is centrally managed.
The rise in bring-your-own-device setups, along with the use of external storage devices, have created a new challenge for maintaining cybersecurity for enterprises. Greater control is necessary with the number of endpoints that can connect to the network itself, since this is a common entry point for malware and other malicious attacks that can result in stolen or compromised data.
Adequate protection is required in order to ensure the security of sensitive data in an enterprise’s network, and this is exactly what endpoint protection offers as a solution.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.