What is an Endpoint?
Endpoints are devices that are connected to a network, including:
- Mobile devices
- Smart watches
- ATM machines
- Medical devices
Endpoints are entry points for threats and malware and are a favorite target of cyber attackers.
What is Endpoint Security?
Endpoint security is the practice of securing endpoints or entry-points of end user devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile devices, from being exploited by malicious actors. Endpoint protection services protect these endpoints on a network or cloud from cybersecurity threats. Endpoint security evolved from traditional anti-malware software to providing comprehensive protection from sophisticated malware with detection and remediation tools and strategies.
Endpoint detection tools will identify and flag threats, but analyst participation in the process is crucial to prevent and remediate the successful deployment of more complex cyber-attacks such as ransomware. Analysts will investigate all suspicious activity, triage it according to urgency and take necessary steps to protect endpoints. They will also inform the client of the vulnerabilities that exposed them to an attack in the first place and work with them to eliminate those vulnerabilities.
Organizations of all sizes are at risk of exploitation by hacktivists, nation-states, organized crime, and malicious and accidental insider threat actors. Endpoint security is cyber security’s frontline and is one of the first places organizations look to secure their networks.
The need for more advanced cyber security solutions such as managed security services has grown as the volume and sophistication of cybersecurity threat accelerates. Endpoint security solutions are designed to quickly detect, identify, block and remediate an attack in progress.
How Endpoint Protection Works
Endpoint security is the practice of safeguarding data and workflows within the individual devices that connect to a network. Endpoint protection platforms secure endpoints through application control, which blocks the use of applications that are unsafe or unauthorized through encryption. Endpoint protection platforms also examine all files as they enter a network, searching for irregularities and identifying those that require further investigation. Modern endpoint security platforms utilize the cloud to store an ever-growing database of threat information. Accessing data in the cloud allows for greater speed and scalability.
Endpoint protection platforms provide system administrators with a centralized console that is installed on a network gateway or server which allows cyber security professionals to remotely control security for each device. The client software is installed on each endpoint and can push updates to each device, authenticate log-in attempts and administer corporate policies from one location.