End Point Security / Encryption

The securing of endpoints, or end-user devices like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Malicious actors will exploit these endpoints that serve as points of access to an enterprise network.

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What Is Endpoint Security?

What endpoint security software does, is that it protects these points of entry from risky activity and/or malicious attack. Only by doing so, companies can ensure endpoint compliance with data security standards, hence the capability to maintain greater control over the growing number and type of access points to the network.

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Why Is Endpoint Security Important?

Enterprises and their employees are incorporating practices exponentially to make access to data more fluid. The rise in BYOD (bring your own device) policies, on top of threats targeting mobile device access and networks, create multiple endpoint vulnerabilities. Adding on, employees working from home or connecting to Wi-Fi networks to work flexibly means that the enterprise network security perimeter is more penetrable than ever.

Historically, most security breaches came in through the network. In the modern world, however, threats through endpoints are on the rise, which means centralized network protection does not suffice. Shifting security perimeters that lack clear definition require new layers of security through endpoint protection. Security must maintain greater control over access points to prevent the vulnerabilities that can arise through the use of remote devices.

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Endpoint Security and the Network

The usage of encryption and application control is what endpoint security does to secure devices accessing the enterprise network, thereby better controlling security on those avenues of access to monitor and block risky activities. Data leaks and loss can be prevented by encrypting data on endpoints and removable storage devices. Application control prevents endpoint users from executing unauthorized applications that could create vulnerabilities in the network.

Endpoint security solutions often use a client-server model of protection, employing both a centrally managed security solution to protect the network as well as client software locally installed on each endpoint used to access that network. Some work on a SaaS (Software as a Service) model, by which both central and endpoint security solutions are maintained remotely.

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Endpoint Security and Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software is integral to endpoint security; it is not constantly protecting individual devices and servers. Implementing endpoint protection creates a two-pronged approach to security by also securing individual devices that connect to the network. By using an endpoint security approach, this makes endpoints more heavily responsible for security than anti-virus software that protects the network alone.

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