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How Endpoint Security Protects Organizations

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How Endpoint Security Protects Organizations

Security remains a major concern, particularly for enterprises, developers, and engineers. Here's an overview of endpoint security, with endpoint systems explained.

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Organizations have to proactively protect their businesses, functions, communications, and valuable data against malware, cyber-attacks, and attempted theft. An endpoint security product typically offers web URL filtering, firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention systems, and sandboxing.

With the advancement of technology, businesses are dependent upon computers, networking, and the internet. As in traditional businesses, attempts are made to disrupt business and steal data. Web sites are brought down; home pages are hijacked; email communication is intercepted and modified; sensitive, valuable information is stolen and sold, and websites are held for ransom.

Antivirus products, firewalls, sandboxes and intrusion prevention systems, as part of endpoint security help, ensure the continuity of the business by offering protection against malware and cyber-attacks.

Endpoint Systems and Security for Endpoint Systems

The endpoint system – the user system – is the computer system where user activity takes place. Different types of security products could be used for protecting this system. These products can be installed on the user system and can be controlled and customized by the user. However, in a large organization (enterprise), it would be difficult for an administrator to monitor the settings and customize them on individual systems. An endpoint security management tool would enable an administrator to configure the appropriate security settings for the endpoint systems. These settings are rolled out to the individual computer systems to ensure endpoint security. The settings made by the administrator in the endpoint security management tool override the settings made by the user in the user computer systems. Updates to the virus database are pulled from the endpoint system server to the endpoint systems. The administrator is hence able to better control the security of the organization.

Many times, when providing security, endpoint or client systems do not get the required attention. More focus is provided to servers, and they are made as secure as possible. However, when endpoint systems have low security, they are vulnerable and can get compromised. Entry into these  endpoint systems would be comparatively easy, and could form the base for successful penetration of enterprise security systems.

Ensuring Security of Endpoint Systems

Most security programs focus on blocking cyber-attacks that are based on attacks that have happened earlier. However, the type and style of attacks are changing day by day, which requires continuous monitoring of both servers and endpoint systems.  Ensuring security for endpoint systems is as important as ensuring security for the enterprise. Cyber criminals make persistent and targeted attacks on endpoint systems. Endpoint detection and response tools help ensure continuous endpoint monitoring.

Exploit kits are often used by cybercriminals to gain access to endpoint systems. Periodic audits have to be diligently carried out to ensure the security of endpoint systems.

Security Features of Endpoint Systems

Endpoint systems are secured in numerous ways, using different types of security tools.

Web URL filtering feature prevents certain URLs from opening in a computer system or device. This is based on specified rules.

Firewalls provide constant real-time protection against hackers and malware. It is a security system for networks that prevents unauthorized traffic based on pre-defined protocols.

Antivirus programs are software that can provide protection from malware, viruses, spyware, ransomware, trojans, backdoors, worms, browser hijackers and malicious Browser Helper Objects.

Intrusion protection systems monitor the activities of processes and applications in the computer system/device. They stop any action that could harm the operating system, memory, and data. Intrusion protection systems help protect against malicious rootkits and key-loggers.

Sandboxing, which is also known as containment technology, helps test unknown or untrusted programs by allowing them to run in an isolated environment.

An endpoint security product, in effect, provides comprehensive protection to endpoint systems from malware attacks.  Ensuring endpoint security would prevent attacks based on compromised endpoint systems in the enterprise, thus allowing businesses to run securely without any disruption.

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