[BreachExchange] Why Companies Need Endpoint Protection

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Wed Aug 21 10:07:34 EDT 2019


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

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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