What are the Components of Endpoint Security Software?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Every device employees use to connect to company networks represents a potential cyber risk; thus, businesses must implement tools and solutions that safeguard their cybersecurity front line.

Fremont, CA: A firewall is a network security system that monitors incoming and outgoing traffic and determines whether access should be granted or denied. Endpoint security safeguards the data on the device itself, allowing the organization to constantly monitor the activity and status of all its employees' devices. Historically, firewalls were suitable for organizations where all workers worked from the same building and signed into the same network. Nonetheless, as more employees work remotely or from home, a firewall is no longer sufficient because traffic no longer traverses the central network, leaving devices susceptible. This also boils down to organizations securing their networks and endpoints. Network security enables enterprises to thwart possible security risks at the network level by securing open ports, limiting network traffic, and deploying intrusion detection and prevention services. Endpoint security enables enterprises to secure network-connected devices. By making endpoints in the new network perimeter, enterprises can detect and prevent hazards regardless of where employees are located.

Components to look for when choosing  the security solution for an organization:

The number of employees

Small enterprises may find a product that requires individual device management to be enough. It might become increasingly challenging for IT and security teams to maintain each device in this manner as they grow in size. Therefore, by installing a security solution that centralizes endpoint control, they will gain tremendous efficiency.

Employee location

Businesses whose workers work from a centralized location may not have problems with managing endpoint access. Those with a diverse workforce, including employees working from home, in remote offices, or on the go, will require an endpoint security solution that protects endpoints regardless of when or where employees seek to connect to their networks and resources.

Device ownership

The proliferation of bring-your-own-device has blurred the limits of device ownership. Increasingly, employees use their own devices to sign in and out of business networks, which must be done securely. A solution for endpoint security enables businesses to safeguard employees whenever they sign in to their networks and to monitor access at all times.

Data sensitivity

Antivirus software is insufficient for protecting the data of businesses that handle high-value intellectual property or sensitive data, as it simply protects against infections. These firms must employ endpoint security solutions to protect themselves from data loss incidents that pose a significant financial and reputational risk. This will help them preserve their most vital data, comply with regulatory standards, and pass audits.

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