What are the Significant Endpoint Strategies One Must Know?

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, November 04, 2019

Endpoint SecurityIt is vital to understand what the user wants to accomplish and then match it with a solution to meet the needs to protect the data.

FREMONT, CA: Users or employees today look forward to creating, editing, and reviewing corporate information from any available device, any time, and from any place. The only advantage of these efforts is that it shows the rising efforts of the end-users to be more effective as well as responsive. It can be a disadvantage for an IT administrator as there will be a massive amount of corporate information available on the endpoint devices.

Accordingly, they have to get more serious about protecting and safeguarding the endpoints to make sure that the data is secure from compromise, accidental leak, and theft of the endpoint device. There are many abilities to secure endpoints, including endpoint security management, patch management, endpoint backup, and most essential being the endpoint encryption.

On the endpoint, there exist several encryption abilities that include full-disk and removable device encryption, folder encryption, and transparent file encryption.

Full-Disk Encryption:

The process encrypts the entire device. It may be the hard drive in the laptop, mobile device, or a USB stick. In such cases, the entire contents of the device are encrypted, and the data is secured. This means the information is protected even when the device is lost, therefore, being ideal for users to go for it. Full-disk encryption solutions also include pre-boot authentication abilities, which will need the end-user to authenticate to the device first, even before unlocking the device.

Folder Encryption:

The technique flags a particular folder or a set of folders for encryption and is helpful when it comes to BYOD. It happens to play whenever a user does not want to encrypt the entire device and instead wants to ensure that the corporate data is encrypted only. Folder encryption is enabled to have a user-specific key, which has the benefit of protecting the data from being accessed by any other user on the same machine.

Transparent File Encryption:

File encryption with transparent files is encrypted on a policy that recognizes the sensitive data. Such processes help in identifying the records that carry the credentials of a credit card number and encrypts such files automatically. Besides the other options, it keeps the file encrypted, always. Transparent file encryption helps in preventing data loss by making sure that the data remains encrypted, irrespective of its location or form.

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