What Is Endpoint Security and Why Is It Crucial Today?January 22, 2018 | By Comodo
With the proliferation of mobile devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, notebooks etc., there has been a sharp increase in the number of devices being lost or stolen as well. These incidents potentially translate as huge loss of sensitive data for enterprises which allow their employees to bring in these mobile devices (enterprise-provided or otherwise) into their enterprise.
To solve this problem, enterprises have to secure the enterprise data available on these mobile devices of their employees in such a way that even if the device falls into the wrong hands, the data should stay protected. This is what endpoint security helps enterprises achieve.
Apart from this it also helps enterprises successfully prevent any misuse of their data which they’ve made available on the employee’s mobile devices. (Example: a disgruntled employee trying to cause nuisance to the enterprise or someone who may be a friend of the employee trying to misuse the enterprise data available on the device).
Why Is It Called ‘Endpoint’ Security?
As you can realize, every device which can connect to a network poses a considerable danger. And as these devices are placed outside of the corporate firewall on the edge of the network using which individuals have to connect to the central network, they are called as endpoints. Meaning endpoints of that network.
As already stated endpoint can be any mobile device ranging from laptops to the notebooks of today, which can be connected to a network. And the strategy you employ in security these endpoints is known as ‘endpoint security’.
Endpoint Security Is Not The Same As Antivirus
Although the objective of endpoint security solutions is the same – secure devices – there is a considerable difference between endpoint security and antivirus. Antivirus is about protecting PC(s), – single or many depending upon the type of antivirus being deployed – whereas endpoint security covers the entire picture. It’s about securing every aspect of the network.
Endpoint security usually includes ‘provisions for application whitelisting, network access control, endpoint detection and response’, things which are usually not available in antivirus packages. It can also be said that antivirus packages are simpler forms of endpoint security.
Endpoint Security Is Different For Consumers and Enterprises
Endpoint security solutions can be broadly classified into 2 different types. One for the consumers and the other for enterprises. The major difference between the two is that there’s no centralized management and administration for consumers, whereas, for enterprises, centralized management is necessary. This central administration (or server) streamlines the configuration or installation of endpoint security software on individual endpoint devices and performance logs and other alerts are sent to the central administration server for evaluation and analysis.
What Do These Endpoint Security Solutions Typically Contain?
While there’s certainly no limit to what endpoint security can contain – and this list is only going to expand in the future – there are some applications which are core to any endpoint security solution. (Because, well, securing a network is altogether a different ball game from securing a computer).
Some of these applications are firewalls, antivirus tools, internet security tools, mobile device management tools, encryption, intrusion detection tools, mobile security solutions etc, to name a few.
Traditional Vs Modern Endpoint Security
This is a no-brainer. Yet something which needs to be pointed out. Because enterprises are often reluctant to changes. Even if it is for their own good. But endpoint security is one area where enterprises have no choice but to adopt the modern endpoint security. Because they are much more than just an anti-malware tool which can go a long way in securing your network against various evolving security threats of today.