Endpoints are constantly connected to the internet and they offer a gateway for cyberattacks. Endpoint security is simply the process of protecting your endpoints, be it inside or outside the corporate network. This thwarts any deliberate exploitation via cyberattacks. You can easily protect your endpoints by employing an endpoint security software and patching them regularly, implementing proper security protocols and adhering to security compliances. Unlike an antivirus that primarily detects existing threats in the network, endpoint security software goes a step further and reduces the chances of any threat in the first place.
This endpoint security guide covers the following:
Endpoint Security or endpoint protection pertains to protecting endpoints like desktops, laptops, tablets, etc., to prevent any entry points for cyberattacks in the corporate network. Organizations, irrespective of the size, have endpoints and a traditional antivirus solution does not meet the requirement of handling new and evolving malicious cyber threats. Hence, endpoint security management is an essential part of any organization. Enterprise cyber security is fortified with the help of an endpoint security solution that prevents, identifies and rectifies the cyber threats immediately.
Organizations regularly update their endpoints (laptops, desktops, smart phones, tablets, etc., to patch any vulnerabilities and to ease this process, they use an endpoint security software. When a remote end user tries to access network-critical resources, a simple SSL VPN is not enough. A client to monitor the activity serves the functionality of endpoint security well. Thus further adding the importance of endpoint security. Generally, an endpoint security software operates using an agent-server communication model. The agent application is installed on all the endpoints and it regularly collects and updates data, such as, unpatched vulnerabilities, missing patches, etc., to a centrally hosted server. The system administrator can have an over-arching view of the system health of all the endpoints and manage specific endpoints from a central location, such as, configuring the policy settings, blocking certain websites, etc. An endpoint security software can take care of the security requirements, however, administrators increasingly use a Unified Endpoint Management and Security solution to manage all their endpoints from a single console.
On the one hand, network security protects the entire network of an enterprise. It could be done in various ways, such as, implementing DNS protection, encrypting all communication, hosting honeypot servers as decoy, etc. On the other hand, endpoint security protects each endpoint. For example, deploying security configurations, checking license compliance, etc.
While Antivirus software helps in eliminating viruses and other malicious software that is already present in the system, an endpoint security software will secure the vulnerable points across the network and help patch various systems to prevent any paths that can lead to security breach. Thus, endpoint protection software focus on safeguarding whereas antivirus eliminate existing threats.
Endpoint security solutions for consumers cater to the needs of devices at home whereas endpoint security solutions for enterprises cater to the requirements of an organization. The former usually tends to have far fewer features than the latter. Endpoint security for business is mandatory for all enterprises since all of the sensistive data are stored on endpoints that are prone to cyberattacks. In recent times, data breaches have become very common and an unprotected endpoint becomes an easy target. An endpoint protection tool enhances the overall cyber hygiene of an organization and shields the endpoint and the enterprise from cyberattacks and data breaches. Endpoint security for business are well-designed to address almost any administrative needs, such as, patching, vulnerability detection, software inventory alerts, etc.
Endpoint Central is a Unified Endpoint Management solution from ManageEngine to help address the needs of IT administrators comprehensively. It supports Windows, Mac, Linux, tvOS, Android, iOS and Chrome devices. In any organization, endpoint protection plays a crucial and endpoints pose threats, especially in an organization where Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has been implemented. Here are some of the Endpoint Central's features available in the endpoint security platform that admins can use to improve endpoint protection and safeguard their network better:
Endpoint Central aims to bridge the age-old gap between endpoint management and security with its latest Endpoint Security add-on. This add-on focuses on proactively securing aspects of endpoint security that are often overlooked by traditional anti-virus and other perimeter security solutions. Empowered with the Endpoint Security add-on, Endpoint Central is now a complete solution for unified endpoint management and security. The add-on actively covers 5 aspects of endpoint security such as vulnerability management, browser security, device control, application control, and BitLocker management. For a detailed break-down of the features in each of the 5 modules, refer our Endpoint Security add-on feature page.
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Endpoint Security Management is a collection of practices conducted and measures put in place to protect the various endpoints in the organization from being breached by an external entity - malicious or others. With growing number of endpoints in both number and diversity; cyberattacks also pose greater peril than ever before. Thus, Endpoint Security Management can be a hectic task for administrators. On top of it, administrators may have other urgent requirements to be addressed that can take up a considerable chunk of their time. Therefore, it is advisable to perform standard routine checks across the devices in the network and it is highly recommended to use one endpoint security platform to get a holistic view of the network improving endpoint protection. Here is an endpoint security checklist that can help administrators to protect their devices better from security threats:
Thus, administrators can implement these endpoint security and management practices to ensure their endpoints are secure.