Endpoint Security or Endpoint Protection is a centralized approach to protecting all endpoints, servers, desktops, laptops, smartphones and other IoT “Internet of Things” devices that connected to the corporate IT network from cyber threats. This methodology makes security management is efficient, effective and easier.
Some vendors offer Endpoint Security systems that include antivirus, firewall and other high defined security software, but there is a difference between endpoint security and the antivirus.
When any BYOD devices such as smartphones, laptops, tabs etc- is connected remotely to a network, the endpoint thus created would provide an entry point for threats and malware. Endpoint security management is all about enough securing such endpoints and thereby securing a network by blocking access attempts and such risky activities at endpoints.
As more companies adopt practices like BYOD and as incidences or accidents of mobile threats are consistently on the rise, endpoint security becomes highly relevant. Today, employees can connect to their company networks by using their laptops or mobile devices “BOYD”, from their homes and while on the move.
In this scenario, when security perimeters tend to be undefinable and ever-shifting, a centralized security solution won’t be enough. It’s here that endpoints security come in, supplementing centralized security measures with additional layers of protection at endpoints, which are not just entry points for threats and attacks, but the points that out with sensitive data (corporate and personal) as well.
Companies need to ensure that endpoint devices meet the latest security standards; this must be ensured before such devices are granted network access. Endpoint security helps organizations maintain greater control over all access points and also helps block threats and access attempts effectively. Security endpoint tools also help monitor for, tracking, detect and block malicious activities.
Endpoint security systems usually consist of a centrally located security software (which is located on a centrally managed server or gateway within the network) plus the client software that’s installed on each endpoint device.