Endpoint security is the process of securing the various endpoints on a network, often defined as end-user devices such as mobile devices, laptops, and desktop PCs, although hardware such as servers in a data center are considered endpoint. It has become most important to any Organization be it small, mid-size or large Enterprise customers to secure these devices from external as well as internal threats.
Why do you need it?
The need for effective endpoint security measures has increased substantially, particularly in light of the rise in mobile threats. With employees relying on mobile devices and home computers and laptops to connect to company networks and conduct business, a centralized security solution is no longer adequate for today’s ever-shifting and undefinable security perimeter.
The fundamental idea behind endpoint security is to create a system which analyses devices requesting network access – and blocks access if the specified device(s) do not meet the required criteria. For example: with the advent of viruses and malware which can affect mobile devices, a mobile device requesting network access may be required to maintain an active subscription to a trusted anti-virus app. It could also be a further requirement that the mobile device requesting network access should be unrooted.
Endpoint security supplements centralized security measures with additional protection at the point of entry for many attacks as well as the point of egress for sensitive data.
By requiring endpoint devices to meet security standards prior to being granted network access, enterprises can maintain greater control over the ever-growing number of access points and more effectively block threats and access attempts prior to entry. Beyond simply controlling access, endpoint security tools provide capabilities such as monitoring for and blocking risky or malicious activities.