“Endpoints” is a broader term used in network security. An endpoint is a device that’s connected to a network and allows two-way communication. Endpoint protection refers to endpoint security, which focuses on protecting computer networks that are bridged to corporate networks.
Endpoint management is a critical part of IT management solutions for all companies.
Here we look at some of the reasons that show the importance of endpoints management/security.
Endpoints are Gateways
Endpoints are connected to the weakest link in enterprise data protection. It makes them the most attractive target for hackers, which can be used as a point of entry in enterprise networks. If your IT landscape involves heterogeneous systems, the need for endpoint security software increases.
Due to the vulnerability of the endpoints, a smart hacker can steal endpoints and gain entry into the systems. With so many business applications running on your network, the hacker would have instant access to sensitive data after gaining entry into your corporate network. Hence, your company needs a secure endpoint management system.
Prevent Corporate Data Security Breaches
An outside hacker generally causes a data breach, but that is always not true. An employee using co-workers’ computers and reading files without permission can sell the data for financial gain. The endpoint protection focuses on data breaches from endpoints like desktops and laptops.
Comprehensive IT management solutions would include endpoint security software that used encryption to prevent data leakage and loss through endpoints. The software would also enforce unified data protection policies across all company servers, endpoints, and networks, which further reduces the risk of a data breach.
Prevent Device Misuse and Unproductivity
Application security and device management are central to the endpoint security solution. Visibility of software and hardware assets that you have in the physical infrastructure and network give system administrators a greater understanding of organizations’ security posture. The endpoint protection system incorporates a device control technology. The technology protects the endpoint devices against malware coming from external devices. It also increases productivity by preventing the misuse of such media.
The Device Control technology in endpoint security solution allows administrators to enhance productivity by enforcing policies on multiple device types. Administrators can define policies (read-only access, deny access, etc.) for each endpoint or PC connected to the network. Any attempt by the user to perform blocked actions shows up in the endpoint protection reports.
Unauthorized/Loss/Damage of Devices
Some organizations even allow their employees to bring their own devices into the workplace; it is called the “BYOD” policy in IT management solutions. It is easy for unsecured devices to download malware-laden apps that give hackers complete control data in such an unsecured device. The data on the user device may include work email or files.
The endpoint security solution allows organizations to prevent risky devices from accessing local networks or enterprise cloud applications. The software can detect vulnerabilities in any device connected to the system and block devices if critical. The loss of the device is the main factor in network security management.
In such cases, the endpoint security management software can block access to damaged or lost devices or perform a remote wipe that will erase all sensitive corporate data from the compromised device.
Originally posted 2020-03-18 18:20:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter