Endpoint security or endpoint protection is an approach to the protection of computer networks that are remotely bridged to client devices. The connection of laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other wireless devices to corporate networks creates attack paths for security threats.
Endpoint security systems protect these endpoints on a network or in the cloud from cybersecurity threats. Endpoint security has evolved from traditional antivirus software to providing comprehensive protection from sophisticated malware and evolving zero-day threats.
Importance of Endpoint security
First of all, in today’s business world, data is often the most valuable asset a company has—and to lose that data, or lose access to that data, could put the entire business at risk of insolvency. Businesses have also had to contend with not only a growing number of endpoints, but also a rise in the number of types of endpoints.
Insecure endpoints can act as an open door to malicious users or hackers looking to cause harm to your network. Considering, endpoint security should be an essential component of every organization’s network access control strategy.
- Direct Messaging Address.
- SOAP URL.
- CONNECT URL.
- FHIR URL.
- RESTful URL.
How Endpoint protection works?
Endpoint security is the practice of safeguarding the data and workflows associated with the individual devices that connect to your network. Endpoint protection platforms work by examining files as they enter the network. Modern EPPs harness the power of the cloud to hold an ever-growing database of threat information, freeing endpoints of the bloat associated with storing all this information locally and the maintenance
required to keep these databases up to date. Accessing this data in the cloud also allows for greater speed and scalability.When the EPP is set up, it can quickly detect malware and other threats. Some solutions also include an Endpoint detection and Response component.
Endpoint protection typically evaluates an endpoint before permitting access, such as the operating system, browser, and other applications, ensuring that they are up-to-date and meet defined enterprise security standards before an endpoint (such as a mobile device) is granted access.
Best Endpoint Security Solutions Include: Avast Advanced Endpoint Protection, Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra, Crowdstrike Falcon, ESET Endpoint Security, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, SentinelOne, Sophos Endpoint Protection, Trend Micro, Webroot Business Endpoint Protection.
Endpoint security software protects these points of entry from risky activity and/or malicious attack. When companies can ensure endpoint compliance with data security standards, they can maintain greater control over the growing number and type of access points to the network.
Endpoint protection platforms vs. traditional antivirus
- Endpoint Security vs. Network Security: Antivirus programs are designed to safeguard a single endpoint, offering visibility into only that endpoint, in many cases only from that endpoint. Endpoint security software, however, looks at the enterprise network as a whole and can offer visibility of all connected endpoints from a single location.
- Administration: Legacy antivirus solutions relied on the user to manually update the databases or to allow updates at preset time. EPPs offer interconnected security that moves administration responsibilities to enterprise IT or cybersecurity team.
- Protection: Traditional antivirus solutions used signature-based detection to find viruses. This meant that if your business was Patient Zero, or if your users hadn’t updated their antivirus program recently, you could still be at risk. By harnessing the cloud, today’s EPP solutions are kept up to date automatically. And with the use of technologies such as behavioral analysis, previously unidentified threats can be uncovered based on suspicious behavior.
Network access control or NAC, solutions support network visibility and access management through policy enforcement on devices and users of corporate. It is an approach to computer security that attempts to unify endpoint security technology (such as antivirus, host intrusion prevention, and vulnerability assessment), user or system authentication, and network security enforcement networks.
Why is it important to have a NAC solution?
With organizations now having to account for the exponential growth of mobile devices accessing their networks and the security risks they bring, it is critical to have the tools that provide the visibility, access control, and compliance capabilities that are required to strengthen your network security infrastructure.
A NAC system can deny network access to noncompliant devices, place them in a quarantined area, or give them only restricted access to computing resources, thus keeping insecure nodes from infecting the network.
What are the general capabilities of a NAC solution?
- Policy lifecycle management: Enforces policies for all operating scenarios without requiring separate products or additional modules.
- Profiling and visibility: Recognizes and profiles users and their devices before malicious code can cause damage.
- Guest networking access: Manage guests through a customizable, self-service portal that includes guest registration, guest authentication, guest sponsoring, and a guest management portal.
- Security posture check: Evaluates security-policy compliance by user type, device type, and operating system.
- Incidence response: Mitigates network threats by enforcing security policies that block, isolate, and repair noncompliant machines without administrator attention.
- Bidirectional integration: Integrate with other security and network solutions through the open/RESTful API.
Network Access Control (NAC) is an approach to computer security that attempts to unify endpoint security technology, user or system authentication, and network security enforcement.
In order to monitor network access of corporate and non-corporate assets and prevent security breaches and data loss, organizations turn to network access control (NAC) technology, which verifies that all endpoint devices meet the minimum network security and compliance requirements of the organization.